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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New forms of labor control , including the putting - out system , sweated labor , and wages , all eroded the virtuous republic . In Philadelphia in 1819 , three of four workers were idle , and nearly two thousand were jailed for unpaid ...
Other workers used prostitution as a metaphor for wage labor , as men were forced to sell their bodies to the capitalist in the same way that a prostitute sells her body to her well - heeled customer . Unemployment emasculated men who ...
Letter to Miner's Magazine 6 ( 74 ) , 24 November 1904 ; letter to Boston Labor Leader , 19 February 1887 ; both cited in Andrew Neather , “ “ The Dignity and Grandeur of Perfect Manhood ' : American Workingmen's Gender and the Ideology ...
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