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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They were “ heroes of an industrial world ” projected back to the moment of the artisan's demise . 58 In boys ' fiction , heroes like Frank Merriwell embodied the strenuous ideal found in sports , excelling at every sport , always ...
61 There's the lesser hero , a slightly younger and less vigorous boy who becomes our hero's apprentice ; the snob , the son of a gentleman , who is " lazy , ignorant , arrogant , and unwilling to work because he considers it beneath ...
Another fantasy hero was the cynically crusty detective of novels and films . ... The detective thus joined Tarzan and myriad cowboy heroes as a vehicle for male escapist fantasy . Here , adventurous and cold men stalked the urban ...
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