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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What is called resignation is confirmed desperation . From the desperate city you go to the desperate country . ... A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind .
In republican America ( what Reich called Consciousness I ) small businessmen and farmers , heirs to republicanism and frontier individualism , carved out the manhood of what I have called the Heroic Artisan , characterized by the ...
Even his mother called him fat , stupid , and lazy . Other boys bullied him routinely , and , according to one fellow student , he “ never fought back when other boys called him names . ” On October 1 , 1997 , Woodham stabbed his mother ...
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