Manhood in America: A Cultural History / Edition 2

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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, "self-made" masculinities (including those of Internet entrepreneurs), presidential campaigns, and gender politics. It also covers contemporary debates about fatherlessness, the biology of male aggression, and pop psychologists like John Gray and Dr. Laura. Outlining the various ways in which manhood has been constructed and portrayed in America, this engaging history is ideal as a main text for courses on masculinity or as a supplementary text for courses in gender studies and cultural history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195181135
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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SUNY at Stony Brook
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Table of Contents

Introduction : toward a history of manhood in America 1
Ch. 1 The birth of the self-made man 11
Ch. 2 Born to run : self-control and fantasies of escape 30
Ch. 3 Men at work : captains of industry, white collars, and the faceless crowd 57
Ch. 4 Playing for keeps : masculinity as recreation and the re-creation of masculinity 80
Ch. 5 A room of his own : socializing the new man 105
Ch. 6 Muscles, money, and the M-F test : measuring masculinity between the wars 127
Ch. 7 "Temporary about myself" : white-collar conformists and suburban playboys, 1945-1960 147
Ch. 8 The masculine mystique 173
Ch. 9 Wimps, whiners, and weekend warriors : the contemporary crisis of masculinity and beyond 192
Ch. 10 From anxiety to anger since the 1990s : the "self-made man" becomes "angry white men" 216
Epilogue : toward democratic manhood 254
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