American Manhood: Transformations In Masculinity From The Revolution To The Modern Era

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Basic Books, May 13, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 382 pages
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The first history of American manhood this book sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the current fascination with men's lives. Who is a "real man"? What is "naturally" male? How does a "manly" man act? Opposing the views of men's movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, E. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history. Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the past two centuries, and presents a radically different portrait of manhood in earlier times. Two hundred years ago, for example, men were considered more sexually restrained than women. The word "competitive" did not exist then, and the word "effeminate," until a century ago, referred to a fondness for luxury.
 

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Contents

Toward a History of American
1
Manhood at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
10
Boy Culture
31
Male Youth Culture
56
Youth and Male Intimacy
75
The Development of Mens Attitudes toward Women
92
Love Sex and Courtship
109
Marriage
129
Work and Identity
167
The Male Culture of the Workplace
194
A Changing Standard of Masculinity
222
Manhood in the Twentieth Century
284
Notes
299
Index
365
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E. Anthony Rotundo teaches history and develops programs on race and gender at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

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