Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
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Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

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by Michael Kimmel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060831340

ISBN-13: 9780060831349

Pub. Date: 08/26/2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood? Why do so many of them fail to launch? Just what is going on with America's young men?

The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear, coherent, and relatively secure: in their late teenage years and early twenties, guys "put away childish things"

Overview

Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood? Why do so many of them fail to launch? Just what is going on with America's young men?

The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear, coherent, and relatively secure: in their late teenage years and early twenties, guys "put away childish things" and entered their futures as responsible adults. Today growing up has become more complex and confusing as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood.

The average young American man today is moving through a new stage of development, a buddy culture unfazed by the demands of parents, girlfriends, jobs, kids, and other nuisances of adult life. Sociologist and gender studies authority Michael Kimmel has identified this territory as "Guyland," a place that is both a stage of life and a new social arena.

Guyland is the locker room writ large: the world where young men both test and prove themselves as men and develop the defining attitudes and self-images they will carry into adulthood. Kimmel has interviewed hundreds of young men ages sixteen to twenty-six in high schools and college fraternity houses, military academies and sports bars, to better understand Guyland's rules and restrictions, its layers of peer pressure and gender policing, its features and artifacts—from the ordinary (video games, sports, andmusic) to the extreme (violent fraternity initiations, sexual predation).

In mapping the social world where tomorrow's men are made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, to stay true to themselves, and to travel safely through Guyland, emerging as responsible and fully formed men of integrity and honor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060831349
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xv
Welcome to Guyland     1
"What's the Rush?": Guyland as a New Stage of Development     24
"Bros Before Hos": The Guy Code     44
High School: Boot Camp for Guyland     70
The Rites of Almost-Men: Binge Drinking, Fraternity Hazing, and the Elephant Walk     95
Sports Crazy     123
Boys and Their Toys: Guyland's Media     144
Babes in Boyland: Pornography     169
Hooking Up: Sex in Guyland     190
Predatory Sex and Party Rape     217
Girls in Guyland: Eyes on the Guys     242
"Just Guys"     265
Endnotes     291
Index     317

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Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad science. Plain and simple. Guyland is not some great specter through which all men must traverse as the author so brazenly claims in this shoddy piece of research. It's a space through which a segment of the is exposed to. His 'research' (read as giant leaps from the facts) only serves to force non- white, non-heterosexual, non-middle/upper class, transgendered, men into a nonexistent space. We are not men by his measure. And our experiences clearly have no place in guyland. I am a guy. I am a researcher. I am not an occupant of this guyland. Infuriated by this ridiculous reduction of male-ness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kimmel deserves tremendous praise for his in-depth analysis of the culture of young men in America. While we may not like all that he has to say, we cannot escape the reality that he depicts. I read this book cover to cover in 2 days and only wished it was longer! This is a must-read for all young people and their parents.