Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities / Edition 1

Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities / Edition 1

by Simon J. Bronner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253217814

ISBN-13: 9780253217813

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Take this test. You think today’s sensitive, caring man is: (a) a myth, (b) an oxymoron, or (c) a moron. No matter whether you laugh at this bit of folk humor, its wide circulation bespeaks a modern predicament for American men.

Men’s "manly" traditions have been shaken in an age of "sensitivity." Some observers have even referred to a crisis of

Overview

Take this test. You think today’s sensitive, caring man is: (a) a myth, (b) an oxymoron, or (c) a moron. No matter whether you laugh at this bit of folk humor, its wide circulation bespeaks a modern predicament for American men.

Men’s "manly" traditions have been shaken in an age of "sensitivity." Some observers have even referred to a crisis of masculinity for a new generation of boys. In Manly Traditions, established scholars in the fields of folklore, men’s studies, and gender studies identify the folkloric roots of what it means to be a man in America. In a lively volume they examine the traditions men inherit and adapt for their own purposes in contemporary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253217813
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction Simon J. Bronner
Menfolk Simon J. Bronner
Part I. Manly Displays and Performances
1. In the Company of Men: Female Accommodation and the Folk Culture of Male Groups Gary Alan Fine
2. "Running the Yard": The Negotiation of Masculinities in African American Stepping Tom Mould
3. Muy Macho: Traditional Practices in the Formation of Latino Masculinity in South Texas Border Culture Norma E. Cantú
4. Performing Manliness: Resistance and Harmony in Japanese American Taiko Hideyo Konagaya
5. "I Feel That I'm Freer to Show My Feminine Side": Folklore and Alternative Masculinities in a Rave Scene Anthony P. Avery
6. The Circuit: Gay Men's Techniques of Ecstasy Mickey Weems
Part II. Manly Expressions and Texts
7. The Folklore of Mother-Raised Boys and Men Jay Mechling
8. Be Careful What You Wish For: Images of Masculinity in Tragedies of Wish Fulfillment Greg Kelley
9. Manly Characters in Contemporary Legends: A Preliminary Survey W. F. H. Nicolaisen
10. Mountain Masculinity: Jokes Southern Mountain Men Tell on Themselves W. K. McNeil
11. Secret Erections and Sexual Fabrications: Old Men Crafting Manliness Simon J. Bronner
12. "Letting Out Jack": Sex and Aggression in Manly Recitations Ronald L. Baker and Simon J. Bronner
Afterword: Many Manly Traditions—A Folkloristic Maelstrom Alan Dundes
Contributors
Index

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