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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: 9780205692941
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (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

Pt. 1 Perspectives on Masculinities 1
1 The Construction of Masculinity and the Triad of Men's Violence 4
2 The Black Male: Searching Beyond Stereotypes 18
3 Chicano Men and Masculinity 25
4 All Men Are Not Created Equal: Asian Men in U.S. History 35
5 Of Mice and Supermen: Images of Jewish Masculinity 45
6 The Life and Death of Gay Clones 55
7 Older Men as Invisible in Contemporary Society 68
Pt. 2 Boyhood 85
8 Girls and Boys Together ... but Mostly Apart: Gender Arrangements in Elementary School 91
9 The Boy Scouts and the Validation of Masculinity 101
10 Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities 109
11 Learning to Fight 122
12 Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom: Renegotiating the Social Contract? 127
13 Disruptions: Improper Masculinities and Schooling 141
14 Memories of Childhood and Early Adolescent Sexual Feelings Among Gay and Bisexual Boys: A Narrative Approach 155
Pt. 3 Collegiate Masculinities: Privilege and Peril 169
15 The Fraternal Bond as a Joking Relationship: A Case Study of the Role of Sexist Jokes in Male Group Bonding 171
16 Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women? 182
17 Male Student-Athletes Reported for Sexual Assault: A Survey of Campus Police Departments and Judicial Affairs Offices 194
18 The Last Bastion of Masculinity: Gender Politics at The Citadel 205
Pt. 4 Men with Men: Friendships and Fears 221
19 "I'm Not Friends the Way She's Friends": Ideological and Behavioral Constructions of Masculinity in Men's Friendships 223
20 Homophobia Among Men: Supporting and Defining the Male Role 237
21 The Politics of Gay Men's Friendships 250
22 Psychological Heterosexism and Anti-Gay Violence: The Social Psychology of Bigotry and Bashing 254
23 The Truth About Male Friendships 267
Pt. 5 Men and Work 271
24 Class, Gender, and Machismo: The "Treacherous-Woman" Folklore of Mexican Male Workers 273
25 The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the "Female" Professions 285
26 Rambo Litigators: Emotional Labor in a Male Occupation 300
27 Hitting Bottom: Homelessness, Poverty, and Masculinity 318
28 Boundary Lines: Labelling Sexual Harassment in Restaurants 328
Pt. 6 Men and Health: Body and Mind 345
29 Masculinities and Men's Health: Moving Toward Post-Superman Era Prevention 347
30 Sexual Adaptations Among Gay Men with HIV 362
31 Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved My Head 378
32 How to Build a Man 385
33 If Men Could Menstruate 390
34 Coming to Terms: Masculinity and Physical Disability 392
Pt. 7 Men with Women: Intimacy and Power 407
35 The Approach-Avoidance Dance: Men, Women, and Intimacy 409
36 Black Male-Black Female Conflict: Individually Caused and Culturally Nurtured 415
37 The Inexpressive Male: Tragedy or Sexual Politics? 423
38 "Let's Get a Girl": Male Bonding Rituals in America 431
39 Men on Rape 437
40 Getting Off on Feminism 444
Pt. 8 Male Sexualities 453
41 Hard Issues and Soft Spots: Counselling Men About Sexuality 455
42 Stereotypes of Black Male Sexuality: The Facts Behind the Myths 466
43 The Heterosexual Questionnaire 472
44 Chicano Men: A Cartography of Homosexual Identity and Behavior 473
45 Sociocultural Facts of the Black Gay Male Experience 487
46 Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn 495
Pt. 9 Men in Families 505
47 Life-styles of Gay Husbands and Fathers 507
48 The Second Shift: Employed Women Are Putting in Another Day of Work 515
49 Stability and Change in Chicano Men's Family Lives 520
50 The African-American Father's Roles Within the Family 537
51 The Fathers' Rights Movement: Contradictions in Rhetoric and Practice 548
Pt. 10 Men and the Future 563
52 Mythopoetic Men's Work as a Search for Communitas 565
53 Men: Comrades in Struggle 578
54 Racism, Sexism, and a Million Men 588
55 Statement of Principles 591
56 The Struggle for Men's Souls 592
Contributors 595
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