The other problem with this edition of this book is the tiny typeface. His working life became too precarious to provide a firm footing, so the Self-Made Man turned to leisure activities, such as sports, to give his manhood the boost he needed.
They watched movies with actors like James Dean and John Wayne, attended athletic events and idolized athletes like Babe Ruth and Sammy Baugh, and hoped to one day have the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
However, he argues that American history has been indomitably saturated by the victorious Self-Made Man narrative, and that this monolithic masculinity has remained largely the same though somewhat changed since the beginning of the nation.
That we remain unaware of the centrality of gender in our lives only helps to perpetuate the gender inequality. Jonathan Edwards and Billy Graham are not mentioned a single time, and their impact on American social history is undeniable.
This, I suppose, is another reason to recommend its use primarily with undergrads whose Kimmel manhood in america is still strong.
He does play by the rules of scholarship, and it may be pure coincidence that he happens to be more well-known publicly than those names. At the beginning of the 19th century, manhood was understood as an arbitrary move from boyhood to adulthood, but as the century progressed the term manhood fell out of use in favor of the term masculinity.
An important part of understanding masculinity is how men disciplined and regulated women through structures and discursive practices.
After poking some fun at H. He makes this suggestion only briefly, but it is offered in poor academic taste. Kimmel could at least have briefly acknowledged the positive impacts of a fitness craze for national health or the Boy Scouts in allowing male-male bonding, but he only employs his authorial reflection for the sake of scathing criticism or critique of systems.
Some other points the book leaves unaddressed: I could go on, but that should be enough in terms of the major issues in the book.
Men had a few ways to prove their masculinity in the first half of the 19th century, including moving West in order to live a more strenuous life away from the ease of the city, living a life of self-control—both personally and sexually, and keeping the public and private spheres separate—especially making sure that women stayed in the private sphere.
The formula of every chapter can be hashed out like this: He was understanding and tolerant, while also being virile and decisive. He became a pristine balance between civilization and physical savageness.
In his first chapter Kimmel provides a paragraph or two explaining what he means the Self-Made Man as part of his list of the three types of masculinity. Part 4 follows his move to postwar suburbia and brings his saga up to the present day.
It is one of the most cited, most recognized histories of American masculinity since gender history became a discipline about 4 decades ago. Instead, he gives it a few sentences of space and pulls out a short quote, but this hardly seems satisfactory. Kimmel says that contemporary men are more like the boys of old in that they are more understanding, compassionate, and gentle.
Colonial literature speaks very deeply to the roots of our identity, and this is an unfortunate absence in this volume. Part 1 describes the fitful birth of the Self-Made Man and observes how he sought to secure his sense of himself in the years before the Civil War. Kimmel begins on the cusp of the American Revolution with three archetypal masculinities in contention at the time: It covers the basics in relatively simple language, and talks about the United States, where a lot of the better-known names focus on Great Britain or Australia.
Part 2 traces the experiences of the American man from the end of the Civil War to the first decades of the 20th century as he confronted new challenges in an increasingly industrialized, urban, and crowded society.
In this light, Christianity only comes into focus as a battleground for gender identity. To be fair, some of these constructions of masculinity are amusing or cringey in retrospect, but Kimmel frequently ridicules these "angry white men" in that tone of grating disdain so common for New York elites like Kimmel and honestly is a kind of arrogance that has grown extremely tired in the s.
Gender history is never composed of masculinity or femininity but masculinities and femininities that are always in tension or negotiation. While I do not know at what point in the Clinton presidency Kimmel wrote this, I find it extremely self-discrediting to frame Bill Clinton as a model for men, especially when his repeated sexual harassment of women should though it is often intentionally overlooked incriminate his legacy.
Much of his work aligns well with more theoretical or sociological approaches, but without getting into complex jargon or abstractions. Masculinity was understood to be a set of characteristics and actions that men had to constantly perform in order to be seen as a man among their peers.In Manhood in America: A Cultural History, Fourth 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.
Manhood in America is an excellent resource for students who need historical and social grounding in order to make sense of the idea that gender, along with other human attributes of identity, are dependent on contextual definitions.3/5(1).
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 For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex /5.
May 23, · Analysis: Manhood in America, Michael Kimmel Posted by rwnolan on May 23, in Analysis, Research Reports and Reviews I chose to read Michael Kimmel’s Manhood in America because it is more about American men in general, than about men and their relationship to sports, class, gender, or race.
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. Kimmel (Sociology/SUNY, Stony Brook) applies the methodology of feminist history to the experience of being male in America.Download