Interest in Irish men and Irish masculinities has grown considerably in recent years. Masculinity, or more specifically toxic masculinity, now regularly features in debates on flashpoint issues relating to men. However, there was a time in the not so distant past, when Irish men received little attention as gendered subjects and Irish masculinities were largely invisible.
My recent article '"We don't really give a fiddlers about anything": The Ambiguity, Contradiction and Fluidity of Irish Masculinities' contributes to the growing body of scholarship on Irish masculinities and provides insight into how some men are reworking their understanding of what it means to be a man in contemporary Irish society.
Based on focus groups carried out with 44 Irish men, this article explores: the men's understanding of masculinity; whether Irish masculinities are unique; and, how Irish masculinities are interlinked with alcohol and the pub. The article may be of use to those with an interest in Irish gender studies, Irish masculinity and/or Irish society. To read the article in full click here or on the article picture to the right.