Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Pbk) 1st Pbk. Ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0684837123
ISBN-10: 0684837129
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In a startling, original study, Kimmel, a professor of sociology at the State University of New York, makes a persuasive case that manhood has been a constantly changing social construct in American culture. Once rooted in genteel land-ownership or in the pride of independent artisans, shopkeepers and farmers, manhood was transformed by the industrial revolution, which made American males, by the mid-19th century, insecure, mobile, competitive, chronically restive and seeking a sense of themselves as men through their economic success. Men attempted to prove their manliness through sports, business, bodybuilding, clothes, fraternal organizations, participation in two world wars and the Depression ("emasculating both at work and at home"). In 1936, Lewis Terman, inventor of the IQ test, introduced a sexist "M-F scale" that supposedly measured children's masculinity and femininity and their likelihood of "successfully" acquiring gender identity. Men today, observes Kimmel, spout angry antifeminist rhetoric in men's rights groups, or beat a defensive retreat via the men's movement's embrace of cosmic archetypes. Drawing on a wealth of material?advice manuals, union struggles, the symbolism of presidential campaigns, Tocqueville, Thoreau, contemporary films, novels and men's magazines?Kimmel's humane, pathbreaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism. Photos.
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Kimmel, a noted men's studies authority, coeditor of Against the Tide (LJ 2/1/92), and editor of The Politics of Manhood, reviewed below, presents in his own words the first cultural history of men in America. He examines how the manhood experience has not only defined American males but has also shaped the culture and livelihood of its members. Kimmel states the key driving force in men throughout history has been to prove their masculinity. He examines how this phenomenon has changed over time along with the masculine ideal and other transfigurations that must coexist with it. Holding up the model of the "self-made man" of American myth and legend for analysis, Kimmel describes the legend's birth prior to the Civil War and its lasting impact until the close of the 19th century. As the new millennium approaches, the author contemplates the contemporary crisis of masculinity. A core title for men's studies and gender studies collections alike.?Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684837129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684837123
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William B. on October 19, 2011
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I ordered the First Edition of this book several years ago, and have referred to sections of it many, many times as I observe what is going on within myself, as well as the profound struggles of men around me. Manhood in America at times deeply resonates with my own pain and disappointment, and helps to explain why we (men) do some of the crazy things we do, in an effort to compensate for what we have now (since we entered the industrial/technical age about 150 years ago): a world that is dismally unsatisfying to men, and has cast us adrift in many ways. I am very much in favor of Michael Kimmel's call to a more "democratic" definition of manhood - any other option leaves us open to being even more lost than we are now. By the way, this is one of the best researched books I've ever read (the bibliography of Kimmel's sources is approximately the last 100 pages of the book!)
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Kimmel argues well that struggling to fulfill archetypes for American manhood, especially going forward from the early 19th c., has caused much anxiety in American men, the focus being on white, mostly middle-class, traditionally dominant men. Kimmel takes us through the rise of those men's worries, especially over being dominated by others, whether other men, women, immigrants or minorities, and ways they responded through reasserting control or by escaping.
This fascinating cultural history uses everything from fraternal organizations and political tracts, to John Wayne films and Eminem's lyrics to make its argument. It's jargon-free and very accessible for a scholarly work.
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Fantastic academic survey of the Hx of Manhood in America. The first 2/3 are tough but worth it as he later shows how theories and schools of thought are rerun during later periods of hx. Crucial to understanding the water we all swim in.
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Shipping and other seller experiences were great. The book itself, however, is a slow read and I've had a hard time getting into it (and I love the topic as a Women's & Gender Studies major).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doly Mallet Flores on March 23, 2013
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This is the most interesting book I have ever read about masculinity. It explains in detail the history of manhood (as the title offers) in a very easy way to read, amusing and with the most amazing details, statistics and anecdotes about famous people, philosophers, writers, sociologists, and just normal men. Is a must if you are interested in gender studies
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lance on May 30, 2015
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Before we discuss gender, race or culture, why don't we discuss how to think and study philosophy. Men's thinking in America goes back to Plato's and Aristotle. If people spent time mastering a subject like English, Math, Psychology like Ph.D's, some would learn that our country is based on our how well we think. Most of those complaining are those who want to get something for little effort or politicians who want to get elected.

Men fight wars and take all the risk taking jobs. Look at a book called "Why Men Die First" - By Marianne J. Legato, then begin to honor men. I don't see women banging on the doors of prisons to get jobs as Guards. I don't women fighting for the right to go on the front lines; I don't see women begging for jobs to work on oil rigs. Honor men. Men ought to wake up and look out for yourselves.

Not criticizing women in our society is a no-no, but male bashing is okay.Also men should learn about women before marriage by reading this book: Venus: "The Dark Side," April 30, 2008 by Roy Sheppard and Mary T Cleary. Who are more manipulative, men or women? If you answered 'women', you'll want to know more about this new book which explores how some women have become 'black belts' at the martial art of manipulation (with the shoes and accessories to match of course!) Helpful to men and fascinating to women, Venus: The Dark Side catalogues for the first time, how these women operate. And in so many cases, they know how to get away with it.

Don't marry because 50% end in divorce and most men get the shaft.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johana Guardado on July 9, 2011
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This is a great book it was assigned for a history class in my university and I have to say it was a pleasure to read. It gives amazing detail about a topic that I was not very familiar with, totally recommend it. It's worth reading!
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22 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on September 23, 2011
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There are a lot of things about this book that are really great. The actual cultural history of manhood in America is fantastic, and his identification of the cultural ideals of Heroic Artisan, Genteel Patriarch and the Self-Made Man are particularly helpful concepts for making sense of it all. I've never seen it anywhere else. The first half of the book focuses on this, and was quite absorbing and illuminating. It explained, in my opinion, the Tea Party movement as well as right-wing Libertarians. The problem really shows itself in the second half of the book (almost seeming like a different person wrote it) where he loses his objectivity and replaces it with misandry instead of what is really needed in order to understand the subject (the American white male and his culture) which would be empathy. I think there's probably a way to point out the absurdity of some of the beliefs of white men's culture without being so nasty about it, and I feel that approach kept him from really getting to the core of the subject matter (which would have done a lot more to point up how people can change the problems with men's culture in the US). If I could give the first half 5 stars and the second half 2 stars, I would.
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