Ragged Dicks: Masculinity, Steel, and the Rhetoric of the Self-Made Man / Edition 3

Ragged Dicks: Masculinity, Steel, and the Rhetoric of the Self-Made Man / Edition 3

by James V Catano
     
 

Portraits of self-made men are rife in Western culture, as James V. Catano observes. Positive and negative, admittedly fictional and ostensibly factual, these portraits endure because the general rhetorical practice embodied in the myth of the self-made man enacts both the need and the very means for making oneself masculine: verbal power and prowess. The myth

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Portraits of self-made men are rife in Western culture, as James V. Catano observes. Positive and negative, admittedly fictional and ostensibly factual, these portraits endure because the general rhetorical practice embodied in the myth of the self-made man enacts both the need and the very means for making oneself masculine: verbal power and prowess. The myth of the self-made man, in short, is part of ongoing rhetorical practices that constitute society, culture, and subjects.

            

To explain those practices and their effectiveness, Catano argues that the basic narrative achieves much of its effectiveness by engaging and enacting the traditional psychological dynamics of the family romance: preoedipal separation, oedipal conflict, and “proper” postoedipal self-definition and socialization.

            

To focus on the combined social, psychological, and rhetorical dynamics that constitute the ongoing activity he calls masculine self-making, Catano emphasizes a particular strand: masculinity and steelmaking. Pursuing that strand, he argues that these representations of masculine self-making are rhetorical enactments of cultural needs and desires, and that they are ongoing and formative arguments about what society and its individuals either are or should be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809323951
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Effective Rhetoric/Rhetorical Effects: Maintaining Masculinity16
Oedipal and Preoedipal Rhetoric17
Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric and Myth24
2Dominant Myths/Myths of Domination: Masculinity and Agency35
Society and Agency, Subjects and Self-Making36
Language, Psychoanalysis, and Rhetoric45
Social Myths and Sadomasochism50
3A Father Is Being Beaten: History-Making Selves and Self-Making Histories58
Andrew Carnegie and Middle-Class Myth60
The Family Romance62
Workplace Ethos71
Maintaining Doxa Through Mythic Variation84
4Beyond the Buddy Principle: Individual Struggle and Masculine Solidarity89
Work Shifts/Mythic Shifts91
Whittaker's Larry Locke: A Story of Labor and Capital94
Sadomasochism and Self-Making102
Solidarity, Mutuality, and Unionization105
Intimacy and Dependency115
5Moving Up or Moving Out: Separation, Mobility, Agency121
Journeyman/Craftsman Masculinity122
Company Men and Corporate Power131
Immigration and Agency139
Ethnicity and Race143
6Tapping the Heat: Race, Racism, and Erasure152
Frederick Douglass's Rhetorics154
Racism in the Steel Industry159
Race and Self-Making, Separation and Sadism165
Race and the Collapse of Steel171
Self-Making as Self-Erasure176
7Making New Metal from Old: Retooling the Self-Made Man187
Anti-institutionalism190
Talking the Talk199
Walking the Walk203
Solidarity, Risk Taking, and Hot Metal Men207
Notes219
Works Cited259
Index271

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