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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As the sociologist Erving Goffman once wrote : In an important sense there is only one complete unblushing male in America : a young , married , white , urban , northern , heterosexual , Protestant , father , of college education ...
These three themes recur frequently in the following pages , as men return to self - control , exclusion , and escape in their efforts to ground a secure sense of themselves as men . In rough outline my argument will look something like ...
While in the 1980s , this sense that the standard definitions of masculinity had left middle - aged men seeking more emotional resonance ( and hence the popularity of Robert Bly and the mythopoetic men's movements ) , by the mid - 1990s ...
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