Manhood in America: A Cultural History

Free Press, 1996 - 544 páginas
13 Reseñas
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. 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. Second, definitions of manliness have evolved in response to women's movements. When women act, men react. Originally, manliness was an internal virtue and a democratic ideal - British men were viewed as fops, and American men had to be independent, honest, and responsible. By the 1890s, however, manhood changed to masculinity, something that had to be constantly proven through the new explosion of sports, fraternities, and fashion. Finally, in 1936, Lewis Terman, the creator of the IQ test, developed an "M-F" test to analyze adolescents' masculinity and femininity. Until well into the 1960s, the test penalized boys who preferred to draw flowers instead of forests, or who knew that a teacup was used for drinking tea. But just as Terman's categories and questions seem outdated to us, so will our own standards seem temporary to our successors.

Dentro del libro

Comentarios de usuarios - Escribir una reseña

Puntuaciones de los usuarios

5 estrellas
4 estrellas
3 estrellas
2 estrellas
1 estrella

Review: Manhood in America: A Cultural History

Reseña de usuario  - Mara S - Goodreads

Offered a great analysis of masculinity in America. This book reads like he trade publication that it is, and as such introduces competing perspectives of masculinity over time. Found this enabled me to have some really fantastic discussions with others. Would recommend. Leer reseña completa

Review: Manhood in America: A Cultural History

Reseña de usuario  - Nitecrawler Lopez - Goodreads

I like his explanation on manhood from early times up to 1990's, he explains how much masculinity has been going through changes. I specifically liked that he put in the inequality that men face when ... Leer reseña completa


The Birth of the SelfMade Man
SelfControl and Fantasies of Escape
Captains of Industry White Collars
Página de créditos

Otras 8 secciones no se muestran.

Otras ediciones - Ver todo

Términos y frases comunes

Referencias a este libro

Female Masculinity
Judith Halberstam
Vista previa restringida - 1998
Todos los resultados de la Búsqueda de libros »

Sobre el autor (1996)

Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook. His books include "Changing Men" (1987), "Men Confront Pornography" (1990), "Men s Lives" (4th edition, 1997), "Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States", "1776-1990" (1992), "The Politics of Manhood" (1996), and "Manhood: A Cultural History" (1996). In addition to the journal Men and Masculinities, he also edits a book series on Men and Masculinity at the University of California Press, and the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities. He is the Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and lectures extensively on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

Información bibliográfica