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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Charles Francis Adams yearned to “ know ” his father but never did and confessed that he “ suffered from it all through life . ” Theodore Dwight's The Father's Book ( 1834 ) tried to persuade fathers to resume their responsibilities in ...
In the increasingly suburban postwar world , fathers embodied masculinity — an idea confirmed by academic social science ... “ The process of transferring from the mother to the father is essential for emotional development , since the ...
Fathers ' rights groups used a language of equality to take their revenge against women to court , to demand mandatory joint custody without demonstration of the father's prior involvement . Jon Conine's Fathers ' Rights ( 1989 ) ...
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