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Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era Paperback – April 14, 2015
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Michael Kimmel is a distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York. The author or editor of more than twenty books, including Manhood in America, The Gendered Society, The History of Men, and Guyland, he lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
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Very thoughtful and timely book that isn't nearly as inflammatory as the angry commentators would have you believe. Clearly many haven't read the book, but as someone who has, I would recommend it.
The book was actually published before the current Presidential race, and in some ways that's actually a strength-- it talks about poor white Americans wrestling with "Aggrieved Entitlement" and Male Rage. Reasonable people can quibble over Kimmel's terminology, but his arguments go a long way towards explaining the phenomenon of how a candidate like Trump, who among other things is such a terrible spokesperson for ideological conservatism, has been able to garner so much support. Chauvinism? Race-baiting? Economic victimhood? It's all here.
One of the things I really appreciated about this book was that Kimmel tries to take an even tack: he not only calls out the subjects of his book for their logical fallacies and bad arguments, but also empathizes with how angry and frustrated they must be-- sometimes, with good reason. And he also points out ways in which their voices and problems have been ignored or exploited by pundits and politicians-- on both the left and the right.
Kimmel's book is a great resource for people who want to try to understand what is making people so angry about politics... and who are already thinking ahead to the day after the election, when regardless of who wins the White House, the rest of us are going to have to figure out how to talk to each other again and move forward.