a) Men and language

Note: This is a recent addition to the bibliography, and certainly not comprehensive. Works on literacy and language in education are listed under “Growing up Male” above.


Coates, Jennifer. (2003). Men Talk: Stories in the making of masculinities. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
1. ‘We was Playing Naked Football the Other Night’: Introduction.
2. ‘Good Story!’: The Formal Characteristics of Male Narrative.
3. ‘So I Thought ‘Bollocks to it’: Men, Stories and Masculinities.
4. ‘Bad as My Mate’: Stories in Sequence.
5. ‘She’d Made Sardines in Aspic’: Women’s Stories, Men’s Stories and the Construction of Gender.
6. ‘I’m Quite Good at Mexican Food’: Men’s Narratives in Mixed Conversation.
7. ‘Still in Shock Weren’t You Darling’: Masculinity and the Heterosexual Couple.
8. ‘There are Problems’: Men’s Talk and Contemporary Masculinities.

Cowburn, Malcolm. (2004). Men, masculinities and what men do: the relationship of critique and change (invited review essay). Sexualities, 7, 4 497-501.

Edley, N. (2001a). Analysing masculinity: Interpretative repertoires, ideological dilemmas and subject positions. In M. Wetherell, S. Taylor & S. Yates. (eds.), Discourse as data: a guide for analysis (pp. 189-229). London: Sage Publications.

Edley, N. (2001b). I. Conversation analysis, discursive psychology and the study of ideology: A response to Susan Speer. Feminism & Psychology, 11(1), 136-140.

Edley, N., and M. Wetherell. (1997). Jockeying for position: the construction of masculine identities. Discourse and Society, 8(2), 203-217.

Herring, Susan, Deborah A. Johnson, and Tamra DiBenedetto. (1995). ‘This Discussion is Going Too Far!’: Male Resistance to Female Participation on the Internet. In Hall, Kira and Bucholtz, Mary. (eds.). Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Articulated Self. New York & London: Routledge.

Johnson, Sally, and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof. (1997). (eds.). Language and Masculinity. Oxford: Blackwell.

Jordan-Jackson, Felecia F., and Kimberly A. Davis. (2005). Men Talk: An Exploratory Study of Communication Patterns and Communication Apprehension of Black and White Males. Journal of Men’s Studies, Spring, Vol. 13, Iss. 3.

Kiesling, Scott F. (2004). Dude. American Speech, 79(3), Fall, pp. 281-305.

Kiesling, Scott F. (2005). Homosocial desire in men’s talk: Balancing and re-creating cultural discourses of masculinity. Language in Society, Volume 34, Issue 05, Nov., pp 695-726.

Kiesling, Scott. (1996a). Men’s Identities and Patterns of Variation. In Miriam Meyerhoff. (ed.). (N)WAVEs and Means: Selected Papers from NWAVE24, (Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 3). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Linguistics Department, pp. 171-196.

Kiesling, Scott. (1996b). The (ING) Variable: Patterns of Variation in a Fraternity. In Jennifer Arnold, Renee Blake, Brad Davidson, Scott Schwenter and Julie Solomon. (eds.). Sociolinguistic Variation: Data, Theory, and Analysis - Selected Papers from NWAV-23 at Stanford, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, pp. 27-40.

Kiesling, Scott. (1996c). Language, Gender and Power in Fraternity Men’s Discourse. PhD Dissertation, May.

Kiesling, Scott. (1997a). From the ‘Margins’ to the ‘Mainstream’: Gender Identity and Fraternity Men’s Discourse. Women and Language, 20(1), pp. 13-17.

Kiesling, Scott. (1997b). Men’s Talk, Men’s Identities. Paper to Conference, Masculinities: Renegotiating Genders. University of Wollongong, 20 June.

Kiesling, Scott. (1997c). Power Roles and Cultural Models in the Language of Fraternity Men. In Natasha Warner, Jocelyn Ahlers, Leela Bilmes, Monica Oliver, Suzanne Wertheim, and Melinda Chen. (eds.). Gender and belief Systems: Proceedings of the Third Berkeley Women and Language Conference. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Women and Language Group.

Kiesling, Scott. (1997d). Shifting Constructions of Gender in a Fraternity. In Alice Chu, Anne-Marie Guerra, and Chantal Tetrault. (eds.). Proceedings of the Symposium on Language and Society Austin IV, Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin Linguistics Department, pp. 279-286.

Kiesling, Scott. (1998). Men’s Identities and Sociolinguistic Variation: The case of fraternity men. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 2(1), pp. 69-99.

Kirkman, M. (2004) ‘Saviours and Satyrs: Ambivalence in Narrative Meanings of Sperm Provision’, Culture, Health and Sexuality 6(4): 319-35.

Knight, R., Shoveller, J. A., Oliffe, J. L., Gilbert, M., Frank, B., & Ogilvie, G. (2012). Masculinities, ‘guy talk’and ‘manning up’: a discourse analysis of how young men talk about sexual health. Sociology of Health & Illness, 34(8), 1246-1261.

Korobov, N., and M. Bamberg. (2004). Positioning a ‘mature’ self in interactive practices: How adolescent males negotiate ‘physical attraction’ in group talk. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22: 471-492.

Lawson, R. (2009). Sociolinguistic Constructions of Identity among Adolescent Males in Glasgow (Doctoral dissertation, University of Glasgow).

Lawson, R. (2013). The construction of ‘tough’ masculinity: Negotiation, alignment and rejection. Gender and Language(3), 369-395.

Lawson, R. (2014). Fight narratives, covert prestige, and performances of ‘tough’ masculinity: some insights from an urban center. In Language and Masculinities (pp. 73-96). Oxon: Routledge.

Lawson, R. (2020). Language and Masculinities: History, Development, and Future. Annual Review of Linguistics, 6(1), 409-434. doi:10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011718-011650

Lennard, J. (2004). Marlowe’s Soldiers: Rhetorics of Masculinity in the Age of the Armada. The Modern Language Review, 1 January, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 160-161.

Midgley, D. (2004). Psychological Models of Masculinity in Döblin, Musil, and Jahnn: Männliches, Allzumännliches. The Modern Language Review, 1 January, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 257-258.

Phoenix, A. (2004). Developing masculinities: Interrogating positioning in group talk. The British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22: 493.

Riley, S. (2002) Constructions of Equality and Discrimination in Professional Men’s Talk. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41: 443–61.

Saucier, D. A., Till, D. F., Miller, S. S., O'Dea, C. J., & Andres, E. (2015). Slurs against masculinity: Masculine honor beliefs and men's reactions to slurs. Language Sciences, 52, 108-120.

Seidler, Victor J. (1989). Rediscovering Masculinity: Reason, Language and Sexuality. London & New York: Routledge

Seymour-Smith, S. (2008) “Blokes Don’t Like That Sort of Thing”: Men’s Negotiation of a “Troubled” Self-help Group Identity. Journal of Health Psychology, 13: 785–97.

Seymour-Smith, S., Wetherell, M. and Phoenix, A. (2002) “My Wife Ordered Me to Come!”: A Discursive Analysis of Doctors’ and Nurses’ Accounts of Men’s Use of General Practitioners. Journal of Health Psychology, 7: 253–67.

Speer, S. A. (2001). Participants’ Orientations, Ideology and the Ontological Status of Hegemonic Masculinity: A Rejoinder to Nigel Edley. Feminism Psychology, 11(1): 141-144.

Speer, S. A. (2001). Reconsidering the Concept of Hegemonic Masculinity: Discursive Psychology, Conversation Analysis and Participants’ Orientations. Feminism Psychology, 11(1): 107-135.

Stobbe, L. (2005). Doing machismo: Legitimating speech acts as a selection discourse. Gender Work And Organization, 12(2): 105-123, MAR.

Whitehead, Stephen. (ed.). (2006). Men and Masculinities: Critical Concepts in Sociology. 5 Volumes.
Volume 3.
51. S. Johnson. (1997). ‘Theorizing Language and Masculinity: A Feminist Perspective’, Language and Masculinity.
52. V.J. Seidler. (1997). ‘Language’, Man Enough: Embodying Masculinities.
53. S.F. Keisling. (2004). ‘Dude’, American Speech.