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Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity
     

Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity

by Gary Cross
 

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ISBN-10: 0231144318

ISBN-13: 9780231144315

Pub. Date: 07/13/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture,

Overview

When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He argues that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, and he concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144315
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Where Have All the Men Gone? 1

1 When Fathers Knew Best (or Did They?) 23

2 Living Fast, (Sometimes) Dying Young 63

3 Talking About My Generation 103

4 My Generation Becomes the Pepsi Generation 141

5 New Stories, New Rebels 172

6 Endless Thrills 212

7 Life Beyond Pleasure Island 248

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

Index 303

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