Manhood in America : A Cultural History

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. InManhood in America, Third Edition, author Michael Kimmel argues that it is time for men to rediscover their own evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources,he demonstrates that American men have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantly changing standards. Kimmel contends that men must follow the lead of the women's movement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worst excesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal. The third edition discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics, "self-made" masculinities (including those of Internet entrepreneurs), presidential campaigns, and gender politics. It also covers contemporary debates about fatherlessness, the biology of male aggression, and pop psychologists like John Gray and Dr. Laura. Outlining the various ways in which manhood has been constructed and portrayed in America, this engaging history is ideal as a main text for courses on masculinity or as a supplementary text for courses in gender studies and cultural history. New to this Edition *The most up-to-date research and writing in the field, including coverage of current events such as the 2008 election of Barack Obama * Greater incorporation of ethnically diverse masculinity ideals * Increased coverage of masculinity and gay culture

Author Biography

Michael Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. A leading researcher and writer on gender and men and masculinity, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Gendered Society, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2010), The Gendered Society Reader, Fourth Edition (with Amy Aronson, OUP, 2010), and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Toward a History of Manhood in Americap. 1
The Making of the Self-Made Man in America, 1776-1865p. 9
The Birth of the Self-Made Manp. 11
Born to Run: Self-Control and Fantasies of Escapep. 32
The Unmaking of the Self-Made Man at the Turn of the Centuryp. 59
Men at Work: Captains of Industry, White Collars, and the Faceless Crowdp. 61
Playing for Keeps: Masculinity as Recreation and the Re-Creation of Masculinityp. 87
A Room of His Own: Socializing the New Manp. 115
The New Man in a New Century, 1920-1950p. 137
Muscles, Money, and the M-F Test; Measuring Masculinity Between the Warsp. 139
˘Temporary About Myself÷: White-Collar Conformists and Suburban Playboys, 1945-1960p. 161
Contemporary ˘Crisis÷ of Masculinityp. 187
The Masculine Mystiquep. 189
Wimps, Whiners, and Weekend Warriors: The Contemporary Crisis of Masculinity and Beyondp. 211
From Anxiety to Anger Since the 1990s: The ˘Self-Made Man÷ Becomes ˘Angry White Men÷p. 238
Epiloguep. 283
Notesp. 299
Indexp. 345
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