Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

by Michael Kimmel
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Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel

The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as "Guyland."

In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060831356
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 343,076
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A leading scholar in the field of gender studies, Michael Kimmel is author or editor of more than twenty volumes on the subject, including the groundbreaking Manhood in America. A professor of sociology, he teaches at State University of New York, Stony Brook, and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful research by the author written in a way that's sympathetic to the subject matter but firm in its interpretation that bad behavior requires correction. Accurately identifies both problems and potential solutions in a clear, readable way without talking down to the reader or villifying the individuals in question. A must-read for parents of pre-adolescent boys, as a means of forearming themselves against the coming years and guiding their children through them; women, as a means of understanding male behavior and protecting themselves from the lesser aspects of it; and teachers, who will face these issues daily. And on a less intellectual note... my personal opinion of the subject matter in this book is that the display of selfishness, ignorance, and entitlement is nothing short of tragic, both for these perpetual man-children who are unable to function as adults in society and for me having to share the planet with them.
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cpmdfm More than 1 year ago
This is a book which should be read by any parent of a college aged son...or for that matter, daughter. Kimmel writes in a humorous yet searing way that illustrates the challenges of becoming a man (or not) in today's world.
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dawnmrowan More than 1 year ago
Any parent who has ever questioned just exactly why "boys will be boys" will find the answer in Kimmel's Guyland. This highly informative book provides a clear cut account of what it is like to become a man in American society today. Kimmel does not provide excuses for a prolonged adolescence and inability to "grow up" for men, but rather explains why this attitude exists and what can be done in order to create change in how boys become men.
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This was a good read. The research on the culture of hooking up is particularly interesting.