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Understanding the experiences of men in U.S. society

Edited by two of the field’s most prominent researchers, Men’s Lives, 9th edition, reflects on the question “What does it mean to be a man in contemporary U.S. society?”

Organized around themes that define masculinity, this reader uses a social-constructionist view to examine how men construct masculinity within a social and historical context.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand how different groups–working class men, men of color, gay men, older men, younger men, and boys–construct different versions of masculinity
  • Examine the social roles of both men and women and the different forms that gender inequality can take
  • Consider gender relations and how men and women relate to each other
  • Understand how recent research by feminist scholars and pro-feminist men links to social change activism

Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205208738 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205208739.

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Editorial Reviews

An anthology of essays organized around specific themes and issues such as men in families, from boys to men, rites of passage in male institutions, work, health, and sexuality. Utilizes a social- constructionist perspective and examines variations that exist among men in relation to class, race, and sexuality. Topics include mythopoetic men's work, rape and violence, stereotypes of black male sexuality, and gays in the military. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
New edition of an anthology intended for use in college-level classes on the meaning of gender in men's lives, i.e. what it means to be a man in contemporary US society. Fifty-six articles reprinted from a variety of sources and arranged in briefly introduced thematic sections explore the experience and construction of masculinity from childhood through adulthood. They touch on issues of work, health, intimacy, family, and sexuality from a wide variety of cultural and historical perspectives. Students are bound to find some discussions that resonate with their own experience, others that are entirely new to them. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205096411
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 213,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook. He is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (HarperCollins, 2008) which was featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and featured on over one hundred radio and newspaper and blog reviews. His other books include Changing Men (1987), Men’s Lives(8th edition, 2009) Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990 (1992), The Politics of Manhood (1996), Manhood: A Cultural History (1996, 10th anniversary second edition, 2006), and The Gendered Society (3rd edition, 2008). He co-edited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2004) and Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2004). He is the founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s premier scholarly journal, a book series on Gender and Sexuality at New York University Press, and edited the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities. He lectures extensively in corporations and on campuses in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and co-author, Amy Aronson, and their 10 year old son, Zachary.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

Part 1: Masculinities

Part II: Boyhood Part III: Collegiate Masculinities: Privilege and Peril

Part IV: Men and Work

Part V: Men and Health: Body and Mind

Part VI: Men in Relationships

Part VII: Male Sexualities

Part VIII: Men in Families

Part IX: Masculinities in Religion

Part X: Masculinities in the Media and Popular Culture

Part XI: Violence and Masculinities

Part XII: Men, Movements and the Future

2) Full Table of Conents

Part 1: Masculinities

Editors’ Introduction

1. Martha McCaughey, “Cavemen Masculinity”

2. Paul Kivel, “The Be a Man Box”

3. Yen Le Espiritu, “All Men Are Not Created Equal: Asian Men in U.S. History”

4. Jewel Woods: The Black Male Privilege Checklist

5. Edward Flores & Hernan Ramirez : “Latino Masculinities in the Post-9/11 Era”

Part II: Boyhood

Editors’ Introduction

6. Ellen Jordan, Angela Cowan, “Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom: Renegotiating the Social Contract?”

7. Emily Kane, “No way my boys are going to be like that! Parents’ responses to children’s gender nonconformity”

8. C.J. Pascoe, “Guys are Just Homophobic”

9. Ann Ferguson, “Making a Name for Yourself: Transgressive Acts and Gender Performance”

10. Kimmel: “What About the Boys?”

Part III: Collegiate Masculinities: Privilege and Peril

Editors’ Introduction

11. Michael Kimmel, “Guyland: Gendering the Transition to Adulthood”

12. Frank Harris “College Men’s Meanings of Masculinities”

13. Rocco L. Capraro, “Why College Men Drink: Alcohol, Adventure and the Paradox of Masculinity”

14. Greg Bortnichak, “The Starbucks Intervention”

Part IV: Men and Work

Editors’ Introduction

15. Christine L. Williams, “The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the ‘Female’ Professions”

16. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences with Women’s Work

17. Beth A. Quinn, “Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of ‘Girl Watching’”

18. Kristen Schilt, “Just one of the guys?: How transman make gender visible at work”

Part V: Men and Health: Body and Mind

Editors’ Introduction

19. Don Sabo, “Masculinities and Men’s Health: Moving Toward Post-Superman Era Prevention”

20. Katherine Slevin and Thomas Linneman, “Old Gay Men’s Bodies”

21. Gloria Steinem, “If Men Could Menstruate”

22. Shari L. Dworkin, “Masculinity, health, and human rights: A sociocultural framework

23. Tristan Bridges: “Gender Capital and Male Bodybuilders”

Part VI: Men in Relationships

Editors’ Introduction

24. Neill Korobov: “He’s Got no Game…”

25. Peter M. Nardi, “The Politics of Gay Men’s Friendships”

26. Peggy Giordano, Monica Longmore, and Wendy Manning, “Gender and the Meanings of Adolescent Romantic Relationships: A Focus on Boys”

27. Kathleen Gerson: “Men’s Resistance to Equal Sharing”

Part VII: Male Sexualities

Editors’ Introduction

28. Michael A. Messner, “Becoming 100 Percent Straight”

29. M. Rochlin, “The Heterosexual Questionnaire

30. Robert Jensen, “A Pornographic World”

31. Chong-suk Han, “The Don’t Want to Cruise your Type: Gay Men of Color and the Racial Politics of Exclusion”

32. Julia O’Connell Davidson, Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor, “Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism”

Part VIII: Men in Families

Editors’ Introduction

33. Scott Coltrane, “Fathering: Paradoxes, Contradictions and Dilemmas”

34. Judith Stacey, “Cruising to Familyland: Gay Hypergamy and Rainbow Kinship”

35. Anne Shelton, Daphne John, “Ethnicity, Race, and Difference…”

36. Dana Berkowitz: “Can a Gay Man be a Housewife?

PART IX: Masculinities in Religion

Editors’ Introduction

37. Yasemin Besen and Gil Zicklin: “Young Men, Religion, and Attitudes Towards Homosexuality”

38. Leonard Swidler: “Jesus was a Feminist”

39. Sally K. Gallagher: “Godly Manhood Going Wild?: Transformation in Conservative Protestant Masculinity”

40. Michael Kimmel, “Judaism, Feminism and Masculinity”

Part X: Masculinities in the Media and Popular Culture

Editors’ Introduction

41. Ron Weitzer and Charis Kubrin: “Misogyny in Rap Music”

42. Kathy Sandford and Leanna Madill: “Resistance through Video Game Play: It’s a Boy Thing”

43. Gillam and Wooden: “Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/Pixar”

44. Michael Messner and Jeffrey Montez de Oca: “The Male Consumer as Loser: Beer and Liquor Ads in Mega Sports Media Events”

Part XI: Violence and Masculinities

Editors’ Introduction

45. Michael Kaufman: The Seven P’s of Men’s Violence

46. Nick T. Pappas, Patrick C. McKenry, Beth Skilken Catlett, “Athlete Aggression on the Rink and off the Ice: Athlete Violence and Aggression in Hockey and Interpersonal Relationships”

47. Tim Beneke, “Men on Rape”

48. Cynthia Enloe, “Wielding Masculinity inside Abu Ghraib”

49. Edward Heisler and Michael Firmin, “Male Commitment to Gender Equity and Antiviolence: A National College Study”

Part XII: Men, Movements and the Future

Editors’ Introduction

50. R.W. Connell, “Change Among the Gatekeepers: Men, Masculinities and Gender Equality in the Global Arena”

51. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Forty-eighty session 1-12 March 2004 “The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality”

52. Erin Casey and Tyler Smith: “How Can I not…”

53. Jackson Katz, “More than a few good men”

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