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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Such prescriptions transformed the carefree tenderness of male friendships in the nineteenth century as the carefree play of youth was renounced for more instrumental relationships . The transition to manhood , then , was a sustained ...
Yet for many wilderness explorers or visitors to newly minted dude ranches — which were often nothing more than failed cattle ranches reopened as consumer health spas — the West had been transformed into a gigantic theme park , safely ...
Left : A shy Midwesterner , Marion Michael Morrison , transformed himself into John Wayne , the most readily identifiable masculine icon of the decades following World War II . ( Publicity photograph ) Bottom : And President George W.
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