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by Michael S. Kimmel

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ISBN:
0684837129
Author:
Michael S. Kimmel
Category:
Social Sciences
Language:
English
Publisher:
Free Pr; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (August 1, 1997)
Pages:
544 pages
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1446 kb
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1144 kb
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1298 kb
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Rating:
4.3
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251


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Manhood in America book. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles.

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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's authoritative, entertaining, and wide-ranging history of men in America demonstrates that manhood has meant very different things in different eras. Drawing on advice books, magazines, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he makes two surprising claims: First, manhood is homosocial - that is, men need to prove themselves to each other, not to women. In a time when psychologists are rediscovering Darwin, and much of our social behavioral is being reduced to ancient, hard-wired patterns, Michael Kimmel's history of manhood in America comes as a much needed reminder that our behavior as men and women is anything but stable and fixed.

I found Michael Kimmel's book to be a fabulous portrayal of the roots of American sex roles. He uses 3 categories of manhood to describe American men: The Heroic Artisan, Genteel Patriarch and the Self-Made Man. What is very interesting is that he explains, with excessive evidence, how business interests have effectively devalued the latter 2 models, leaving the Self-Made Man as the only thing for American men to strive for.

Drawing on a myriad of sources, 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.

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Kimmel demonstrates that manliness was originally an internal value, but by the 1890's, it had changed to masculinity, something that had to be constantly proven. Long after the temporary fancies of men's movements have passed, this definitive history will provoke, entertain and inform men and women alike.
  • Pooker
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.
  • Vetitc
Michael Kimmel is a phenomenal researcher and the leading voice on men and masculinities in the United States. He's perspectives are clear, concise, well-articulated, and well-documented. He flawlessly integrates data, statistics, narratives, and personal insights into a various aspects of masculinity.
  • Daiktilar
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).
  • Winawel
Great book - well worth the read.
  • Ohatollia
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
  • Urreur
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!)
  • Flas
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!
i ordered this book for a theory class, its great, pretty easy and interesting read. book was in great condition. i was very happy with it