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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For two centuries the everreceding frontier had been a place where men could achieve their manhood or re - prove it after failure . The frontier had offered " perennial rebirth ” to both men and nation , according to Frederick Jackson ...
The end of the century also witnessed the creation of the rodeo , a " celebration of the unique and daring sports indulged in and enjoyed by all the virile characters of the western frontier , " as a promotional handbill for Cheyenne's ...
The re - creation of the frontier loomed large in JFK's imagery . In his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 in Los Angeles , Kennedy evoked the search for the frontier as the source of renewal and hope : I ...
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