Scientific Masculinities

Scientific Masculinities Edited by Erika Milam and Robert Nye
Robert Nye
July, 2015
University of Chicago Press

This volume of Osiris integrates gender analysis with the global history of science and medicine from the late Middle Ages to the present by focusing on masculinity. The premise is that social constructions of masculinity function simultaneously as foils for femininity and as methods of differentiating between “kinds” of men. In exploring scientific masculinities, the book asks: how has masculinity been defined, and what are the mechanisms by which it operates in science? The essays are divided into sections that emphasize the importance of gender to the practices of professionalization, the spaces in which scientific, technological, and medical labor is performed, and the ways that sex, gender, and sexual orientation are measured and serve as metaphors in society and culture.

Area of Interest: 
Cultural History
Gender & Sexuality
Medicine & Health
Social History
15th & 16th Centuries
17th & 18th Centuries
19th Century
20th Century
21st Century