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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... Boston's Fenway Park [ 1912 ] , Pittsburgh's Forbes Field ( 1909 ) , and New York's Polo Grounds ( 1911 ) ; only Detroit's Tiger Stadium , built in 1912 , broke this pattern until Yankee Stadium was built for the 1922 season ) .
Police and fire departments were increasingly gender battlegrounds . Take , for example , the fire department of New York City , the whitest and most male firefighting force in any major city in the country . Less than one - quarter of ...
The dramatic lack of diversity in New York City's fire department cannot be attributed to chance , inadequate ... In their quest to prove their manhood , “ New York's Bravest " seem to be afraid of gender and racial equality .
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