- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (November 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568586965
- ISBN-13: 978-1568586960
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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Kimmel believes it comes down to aggrieved entitlement: the school shootings perpetrated by middle-class white male students, the men’s-rights movement, white supremacists, the fathers’-rights groups, etc. There is, he elaborates, a strong (and getting dangerously stronger) feeling, among some white male Americans, that they are losing their place in society. The era of entitlement, when the good jobs and the best stuff was the white male American’s due, has passed, replaced by a society in which—at least in the skewed view of the people about whom Kimmel is writing—white males are being systematically marginalized, passed over in favor of minorities and women. (For example, the men’s-rights movement, the author says, is based on the belief that the oppression of men is a feminist conspiracy.) The angry white man, says Kimmel, isn’t able, or perhaps willing, to face the simple truth: the era of entitlement is over. The book offers no real solution to the problem, delivering instead a lively, frequently scary look at a group of people who are trying, ever more desperately, to hang onto a world that no longer exists. --David Pitt
White men still have most of the power and most of the money, so why do so many of them feel so victimized? In this fascinating guided tour of the world of angry white menGlenn Beck fans, white supremacists, school shooters, men's rights activistspioneer sociologist of masculinity Michael Kimmel shows how aggrieved entitlement' leads them to blame people of color, immigrants, liberals, intellectuals, the government, and above all, women, for a society that is changing fast and, they fear, leaving them behind. No dry academic study, Angry White Men is full of shrewd political analysis, empathy, and humor.”
Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation
Michael Kimmel has written a comprehensive study of working and middle-class white men and described their collective grievances with insight and compassion. In regard to those among them who ally with the Far Right, he is equally insightful but justifiably more critical; his analysis of their misdirected rage at minorities and women is entirely persuasive. I enthusiastically recommend Angry White Men to the wide readership it has amply earned.”
Martin Duberman, professor of history emeritus at the Graduate School of the City University of New York
"[Angry White Men] delivers... a lively, frequently scary look at a group of people who are trying, ever more desperately, to hang onto a world that no longer exists."
"Kimmel's writing is open and engaging, reminiscent of a conversation with friends in a bar... Another worthwhile examination of important issues affecting men and, by extension, everyone else, from an author known for his insight into the subject."
Being white and male has brought unfair power for so long that some think it's natural, both among those claiming it and those suffering from it. Michael Kimmel has done us the life-saving favor of naming this delusion that may endanger us more than any other. From executives for whom no amount of money is enough to white supremacists for whom no amount of power is enough, from U.S. wars in which men die to U.S. domestic violence in which even more women die, this illness is lethal for us all. Angry White Men is a brave, sane, compassionate, and rescuing book.”
Gloria Steinem, feminist activist and author
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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.