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Sociology: Evolving men

Posted on the 24 February, 2011 at 8:03 pm Written by in Research

It is not often that broad new research on men, masculinities and gender equality is published. Here is a new case. An initial research report “Evolving men – Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES)” is now available from


The report is based on a survey in seven countries (Brazil, Chile, Croatia,
India, Mexico, Rwanda and South Africa). The household and life course oriented survey questionnaire was to a great extent based on the “Gender equality and quality of life” survey questionnaire developed in Norway 2007.

Despite major socioeconomic differences between the countries, often influencing the results, the initial report surprisingly often confirms the main Norway survey results regarding gender equality. This includes the importance of material context and actual practices. The new report also sometimes offers better data, based on method improvements. A worrisome note concerns gender oppressive attitudes among some groups of men (especially, India).