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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Chingachgook , Tonto , Jim , Queequeg — all of them are closer to both nature and nurture . They are male mothers , nurturing their younger , wilder white charges into the deeply spiritual world of the primitive .
He was sounding the deeps of his nature , and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he , going back into the womb of Time . He was mastered by the sheer surging of life , the tidal wave of being , the perfect joy of each ...
Adolescent male rebellion is necessary and vital , the “ natural revolution of the young male just beginning to sense his ... has made “ many a callow youth ” develop a more “ flexible ” nature and prevented “ inspissation of the soul .
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