Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Masculinities and Social Change (MCS) is an open access journal published by Hipatia Press. Its content provides “research outcomes with significant contributions to masculinities and their influence on social transformations” from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches, as well as research carried out by interdisciplinary research teams. The editors note the journal “emerges from the lack of journals about masculinities in Spain and Latin America which are indexed into international Social Sciences databases.” It is a multilingual journal, publishing material in English, Spanish, Catalan, Euskera and Galician, and is currently indexed in SCOPUS. The journal’s advisory board is international in composition, with members from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, and Oceania.
Each issue of MCS offers scholarly articles and reviews; a recent Special Issue on “Fatherhood and Care in Latin America: Absences, Presences and Transformations,” also included an editorial introducing the issue. The most recent issue, Volume 5, number 3, 2016, includes the articles, “The Tricky ’True Object’: Bourdieu’s Masculine Domination and Historicity,” “Mobile Masculinities: An Investigation of Networked Masculinities in Gay Dating Apps,” “The Five Stages of Masculinity: A New Model for Understanding Masculinities,” and “Paternity and Parental Leave in Latin America and the Caribbean. Essential Tools to Promote Greater Participation of Fathers in the Care of Children.” The first three of these articles have abstracts in both English and Spanish, while the full text is in English; the last articles also has abstracts in both English and Spanish, while the full text is in Spanish. The issue also contains two reviews, of : “Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education” and “Masculinity and the New Imperialism: Rewriting Manhood in British Popular Literature, 1870-1914.” Although the titles are listed in English on the table of contents, the text of both these reviews is in Spanish. In the recent special issue on “Fatherhood and Care in Latin America: Absences, Presences and Transformations,” the editorial, articles, and reviews are all in Spanish. An examination of earlier past issues reveals that articles are often in English, while book reviews are in Spanish.
The quality of both research and writing in MCS is excellent, as is the subject coverage. MCS authors are experts in the field, and the level of discourse throughout is scholarly and well-documented.
MCS is an essential journal for libraries supporting research in gender studies in Spain and Latin America, as well as for comprehensive collections in gender studies.