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, "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.
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See William R. Taylor, Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South and the American
National Character (New York: George Braziller, 1961), p. 91; other quotes were
cited in Bruce Curtis, "The Wimp Factor," in American Heritage, November 1989;
Talcott Parsons, "Certain Primary Sources and Patterns of Aggression in the
Social Structure of the Western World," in Essays in Sociological Theory (New
York: Free Press, 1963), p. 309. 12. E.g., Arnold Green argued in 1946 that it was
C. Wright Mills, White Collar (New York: Oxford University Press, 1953), pp. ix, xii.
29. Ibid., pp. 108-109. 30. Ibid., pp. xvii, 110, 111, 353. 31. David Riesman, The
Lonely Crowd (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1950), p. 47. 32.
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MANHOOD IN AMERICA: A Cultural HistoryUser Review - Kirkus
Kimmel (Sociology/SUNY, Stony Brook) applies the methodology of feminist history to the experience of being male in America. Rejecting the idea that almost every history book is about the male ... Read full review
Manhood in America: a cultural historyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Kimmel, a noted men's studies authority, coeditor of Against the Tide (LJ 2/1/92), and editor of The Politics of Manhood, reviewed below, presents in his own words the first cultural history of men in ... Read full review
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