The authors contribited their articles to this volume strive to understand how such concepts as 'male' and 'masculinity',
'gender' and 'gender roles' become 'unshakable' and 'self-evident'. This volume is an attempt to apply western theories
and methodologies to russian reality and also to replace the often abstract and amorphous notions of 'russian patriarchy'
with the case-specific studies of this 'patriarchy'. This study is based on a wealth of historical, sociological and
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