American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia

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Overview

"This is a highly recommended purchase for undergraduate, medium-sized, and large public libraries wishing to provide a substantial introduction to the field of men's studies. "
—Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Pleasing layout and good cross-references make Carroll's compendium a welcome addition to collections serving readers of all ages. Highly recommended. "
—CHOICE

"An excellent index, well-chosen photographs and illustrations, and an extensive bibliography add further value. American Masculinities is well worth what would otherise be too hefty a price for many libraries because no other encyclopedia comes close to covering this growing field so well. "
—American Reference Books Annual

American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia is a first-of-its-kind reference, detailing developments in the growing field of men’s studies. This up-to-date analytical review serves as a marker of how the field has evolved over the last decade, especially since the 1993 publication of Anthony Rotundo’s American Manhood. This seminal book opened new vistas for exploration and research into American History, society, and culture.

Weaving the fabric of American history, American Masculinities illustrates how American political leaders have often used the rhetoric of manliness to underscore the presumed moral righteousness and ostensibly protective purposes of their policies. Seeing U.S. history in terms of gender archetypes, readers will gain a richer and deeper understanding of America’s democratic political system, domestic and foreign policies, and capitalist economic system, as well as the "private" sphere of the home and domestic life.

The contributors to American Masculinities share the assumption that men’s lives have been grounded fundamentally in gender, that is, in their awareness of themselves as males. Their approach goes beyond scholarship which traditionally looks at men (and women) in terms of what they do and how they have influenced a given field or era. Rather, this important work delves into the psychological core of manhood which is shaped not only by biology, but also by history, society, and culture.

Encapsulating the current state of scholarly interpretation within the field of Men’s Studies, American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia is designed to help students and scholars advance their studies, develop new questions for research, and stimulate new ways of exploring the history of American life.

Key Features

- Reader’s Guide facilitates browsing by topic and easy access to information

- Extensive name, place, and concept index gives users an additional means of locating topics of interest

- More than 250 entries, each with suggestions for further reading

- Cross references direct users to related information

- Comprehensive bibliography includes a list of sources organized by categories in the field

Topics Covered

- Arts, Literature, and Popular Culture

- Body, Health, and Sexuality

- Class, Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Identities

- Concepts and Theories

- Family and Fatherhood

- General History

- Icons and Symbols

- Leisure and Work

- Movements and Organizations

- People

- Political and Social Issues

About the Editor

Bret E. Carroll is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1991. He is author of The Routledge Historical Atlas of Religion in America (1997), Spiritualism in Antebellum America (1997), and several articles on nineteenth-century masculinity.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
"An excellent index, well-chosen photographs and illustrations, and an extensive bibliography add further value. American Masculinities is well worth what would otherise be too hefty a price for many libraries because no other encyclopedia comes close to covering this growing field so well. "— Ken Middleton
Lawrence Looks at Books
"American Masculinities enjoys the advantage of taking a single approach to men's studies. . . . The contributors' deliberate depiction of changing attitudes over time graphically demonstrate varying views of manhood and the maturity of gender studies in America. The clarity they bring to an often amorphous subject deserves a place on shelves in both academic and public libraries. "— John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
American Reference Books Annual - Ken Middleton
"An excellent index, well-chosen photographs and illustrations, and an extensive bibliography add further value. American Masculinities is well worth what would otherise be too hefty a price for many libraries because no other encyclopedia comes close to covering this growing field so well."
Choice Magazine
"Pleasing layout and good cross-references make Carroll's compendium a welcome addition to collections serving readers of all ages. Highly recommended. "
Reference & User Services Quarterly
This is a highly recommended purchase for undergraduate, medium-sized, and large public libraries wishing to provide a substantial introduction to the field of men's studies.
Lawrence Looks at Books - John R.M. Lawrence
"American Masculinities enjoys the advantage of taking a single approach to men's studies. . . . The contributors' deliberate depiction of changing attitudes over time graphically demonstrate varying views of manhood and the maturity of gender studies in America. The clarity they bring to an often amorphous subject deserves a place on shelves in both academic and public libraries."
CHOICE
"Pleasing layout and good cross-references make Carroll's compendium a welcome addition to collections serving readers of all ages. Highly recommended."
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-With overlapping but not identical focuses, these encyclopedias include a well-organized range of articles. Both address what it means to be masculine, as opposed to male in gender. With more than 400 articles, Men and Masculinities has a much broader overview. It includes articles about such international figures as Michelangelo, Sigmund Freud, Fran ois Truffaut, and even Leni Riefenstahl in her exploration of the "superman" and the "cult of the male body." This volume also provides access to many concepts and their variations, offering for example "Contemporary Bodybuilding," "History of Bodybuilding," "Physical Culture," and "Adonis Complex." However, American, by virtue of its focus, provides articles on subjects not emphasized in Men, such as the one that looks at the New Deal's reinforcement of traditional gender roles. As the existence of an article on "Jocks" indicates, Men is arguably hipper than its counterpart with more entries on contemporary figures. American, on the other hand, seems to pay more attention to religious or spiritual aspects of various masculinities. Both encyclopedias include cross-references, bibliographies at the end of articles, and expansive indexes. The black-and-white photographs are incidental rather than essential. All large collections are likely to want both resources. Where only one can be afforded, Men wins by a nose.-Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761925408
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/14/2003
  • Series: A Sage Reference Publication Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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