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Manhood in America

A Cultural History

Third Edition

Michael Kimmel

Publication Date - March 2011

ISBN: 9780199781553

392 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $49.95

A leading scholar in the field updates his standard-setting book on the cultural construction of American masculinity


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, Third Edition, author Michael Kimmel argues that it is time for men to rediscover their own evolution. 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.

The third edition 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.

New to this Edition

  • The most up-to-date research and writing in the field, including coverage of current events such as the 2008 election of Barack Obama
  • Greater incorporation of ethnically diverse masculinity ideals
  • Increased coverage of masculinity and gay culture

About the Author(s)

Michael Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. A leading researcher and writer on gender and men and masculinity, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Gendered Society, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2010), The Gendered Society Reader, Fourth Edition (with Amy Aronson, OUP, 2010), and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009).

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2005


"Manhood in America is a much needed exploration into that vast and neglected territory: the history of the American man. Michael Kimmel's meticulous research delves into everything from military psychiatric reports to Victorian boys' advice manuals, and surfaces with a thought-provoking and original account of American manhood's troubled stumbling path into modern times."--Susan Faludi, author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

"Pioneering when it first appeared, this book has inspired many to look further into the topics it explores and continues to be essential reading for anyone seeking a grounding in the field. I am always amazed to see new studies emerge that are, in many respects, further elaborations of astute observations Kimmel made years ago.EL I cannot imagine a course on American masculinities that did not assign Manhood in America as required reading. It's that essential."--Christopher Forth, University of Kansas

Table of Contents

    1. The Birth of the Self-Mad Man
    2. Born to Run: Self-Control and Fantasies of Escape
    3. Men at Work: Captains of Industry, White Collars, and the Faceless Crowd
    4. Playing for Keeps: Masculinity as Recreation and the Re-Creation of Masculinity
    5. A Room of His Own: Socializing the New Man
    6. Muscles, Money and the M-F Test: Measuring Masculinity Between the Wars
    7. "Temporary About Myself": White-Collar Conformists and Suburban Playboys, 1945-1960
    8. The Masculine Mystique
    9. Wimps, Whiners, and Weekend Warriors: The Contemporary Crisis of Masculinity and Beyond
    10. From Anxiety to Anger Since the 1990s: The "Self-Made Man" Becomes "Angry White Man"
    Epilogue: Masculinity in the Age of Obama

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