Manhood in America: A Cultural History
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 322 pages
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhood in America, Second Edition, author Michael S. Kimmel--a leading authority in gender studies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover their
own evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, 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.
Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America features updated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the Bush administration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to current events, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics,
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The Self - Made Man of American mythology was born anxious and insecure , uncoupled from the more stable anchors of landownership or workplace autonomy . Now manhood had to be proved . This “ self - maker , self - improving , is always ...
Van Rough represents the Self - Made Man , a model of manhood that derives identity entirely from a man's activities in the public sphere , measured by accumulated wealth and status , by geographic and social mobility .
The American man was a man in a hurry but with not very far to go.28 Even the term self - made man was an American neologism , first coined by Henry Clay in a speech in the U.S. Senate in 1832. Defending a protective tariff that he ...
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