Time to change? Young men, masculinities and Covid-19

Vortrag (in englischer Sprache mit deutscher Simultanübersetzung): Stephen Burrell, Sandy Ruxton

8. November 2021, 10:35-11:40


In this presentation, we will consider the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for work with young men and boys in Europe. We will explore the ways in which masculine norms and expectations have shaped the experiences of young men and boys during the pandemic, and societal responses to it. These include issues around men’s health and virus prevention, paid and unpaid care work, men’s violences and the misogynistic backlash, support for economic recovery measures, and masculinist political leadership. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the ways in which rigid and restrictive ideas of masculinity continue to hold many young men and boys back, but also the possibilities for them to change what it means to be a man in this moment of social upheaval, as the need for more equal, caring and sustainable societies grows more urgent than ever. 

Sandy Ruxton is an independent policy advisor and researcher, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Durham University (UK), and a member of the Steering Committee of the MenEngage Europe network. He has written, researched and campaigned over 25 years on issues around men as carers, men’s violences, gender norms, working with older men, poverty and inequality, and child rights. He was UK co-researcher for a 3-country study by Promundo on being a young man, and has also worked in schools, prisons, and community settings. He has undertaken research contracts for a wide range of organisations, including the European Commission, European Institute for Gender Equality, Fundamental Rights Agency, European Women’s Lobby, Oxfam, the Open University, and the British Council. He is co-host of the ‘Now and Men’ podcast. He lives, works, and bikes in Oxford. 

Contact: sandy.ruxton@durham.ac.uk - Twitter: @SandyRuxton

Dr Stephen Burrell is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology at Durham University, UK. His work focuses on critical studies on men and masculinities, and his PhD explored the role of men and boys in preventing men’s violence against women. He has also undertaken research on masculine gender norms for the UK Government Equalities Office, and is currently undertaking a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship which is investigating the connections between masculine violence and the climate crisis, and how to engage men and boys in building more caring relationships with the planet. He is a Deputy Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), which is a member of the MenEngage Alliance, and co-hosts a new podcast called Now and Men.

Contact: s.r.burrell@durham.ac.uk – www.durham.ac.uk/criva - Twitter: @the_daily_panda

Sandy and Stephen have produced the following resources recently, which will inform their presentation: