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Manhood in America : a cultural history /
Micheal S. Kimmel.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
description
xi, 322 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0195181131 (alk. paper), 9780195181135 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
isbn
0195181131 (alk. paper)
9780195181135 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5847867
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael S. Kimmel is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-10-15:
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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-10-30:
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. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
The historical analysis in Kimmel's book is similar to that of E. Anthony Rotundo's American Manhood (CH, Oct'93) and Andrew Kimbrell's The Masculine Mystique (CH, Jan'96). Kimmel's portrait is impressive, even though he purposefully frames his argument within affirmative postmodern boundaries that call for radical social change. The framework, however, weakens the powerful and exacting critique of the other-directed "self-made man" that Kimmel painstakingly reconstructs. This weakness is exacerbated by his failure to provide a solid philosophical link between his critique and his cultural politics. Nonetheless, Kimmel correctly identifies the need for a revised masculine reference point that enables all genders to reach some form of pragmatically constructed liberation by "changing ourselves, nurturing our relationships, cherishing our families ... but also reforming the public arena to enlarge the possibilities for other people to do the same." Kimmel's failure to discuss alternative means to reach his compelling vision of manhood is the principle shortcoming of his work. Illustrations, photographs, and a thorough index. Recommended. All levels. T. M. Chester; Texas A&M University
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Michael Kimmel explores the way manhood has been constructed and portrayed in America throughout history, designing the text for use in gender and cultural history courses. This edition has coverage of how masculinity affects the current political and social issues from the Bush administration.
Main Description
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars haveexhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhoodin America, Second Edition, author Michael Kimmel--a leading authority in genderstudies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover their own evolution.Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns,political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he demonstrates that Americanmen have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantlychanging standards. Kimmel contends that men must follow the lead of the women'smovement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worstexcesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculineideal.Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America featuresupdated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the present Bushadministration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to currentevents, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics, "self-made"masculinities (including those of Internet entrepreneurs), presidentialcampaigns, and gender politics. It also covers contemporary debates aboutfatherlessness, the biology of male aggression, and pop psychologists like JohnGray and Dr. Laura. Outlining the various ways in which manhood has beenconstructed and portrayed in America, this engaging history is ideal as a maintext for courses on masculinity or as a supplementary text for courses in genderstudies and cultural history.
Main Description
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhood in America, Second Edition, author Michael Kimmel--a leading authority in gender studies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover theirown evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he demonstrates that American men have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantly changing standards. Kimmel contends that men mustfollow the lead of the women's movement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worst excesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal. Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America features updated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the present Bush administration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to current events, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11politics, "self-made" masculinities (including those of Internet entrepreneurs), presidential campaigns, and gender politics. It also covers contemporary debates about fatherlessness, the biology of male aggression, and pop psychologists like John Gray and Dr. Laura. Outlining the various ways inwhich manhood has been constructed and portrayed in America, this engaging history is ideal as a main text for courses on masculinity or as a supplementary text for courses in gender studies and cultural history.
Main Description
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhood in America, Second Edition, author Michael S. Kimmel--a leading authority in gender studies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover their own evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he demonstrates that American men have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantly changing standards. Kimmel contends that men must follow the lead of the women's movement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worst excesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal. Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America features updated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the present Bush administration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to current events, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics, "self-made" masculinities (including those of Internet entrepreneurs), presidential campaigns, and gender politics. It also covers contemporary debates about fatherlessness, the biology of male aggression, and pop psychologists like John Gray and Dr. Laura. Outlining the various ways in which manhood has been constructed and portrayed in America, this engaging history is ideal as a main text for courses on masculinity or as a supplementary text for courses in gender studies and cultural history.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Toward a History of Manhood in Americap. 1
The Making of the Self-Made Man in America, 1776-1865
The Birth of the Self-Made Manp. 11
Born to Run: Self-Control and Fantasies of Escapep. 30
The Unmaking of the Self-Made Man at the Turn of the Century
Men at Work: Captains of Industry, White Collars, and the Faceless Crowdp. 57
Playing for Keeps: Masculinity as Recreation and the Re-Creation of Masculinityp. 80
A Room of His Own: Socializing the New Manp. 105
The New Man in a New Century, 1920-1950
Muscles, Money, and the M-F Test: Measuring Masculinity Between the Warsp. 127
"Temporary About Myself": White-Collar Conformists and Suburban Playboys, 1945-1960p. 147
The Contemporary "Crisis" of Masculinity
The Masculine Mystiquep. 173
Wimps, Whiners, and Weekend Warriors: The Contemporary Crisis of Masculinity and Beyondp. 192
From Anxiety to Anger Since the 1990s: The "Self-Made Man" Becomes "Angry White Men"p. 216
Epilogue: Toward Democratic Manhoodp. 254
Notesp. 258
Indexp. 309
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