Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1
Shirley R. Steinberg, Michael Kehler, Lindsay Cornish
ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Social Science - 527 pages
In this two-volume set, a series of expert contributors look at what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, with entries covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development.
Boy Culture shows an uncanny understanding of just how exciting, confusing, and difficult the years between childhood and young adulthood can be. The toys, games, clothes, music, sports, and feelings--they are all a part of this remarkable resource. But most important is the book's focus on the things that shape boyhood identities--the rituals of masculinity among friends, the enduring conflict between fitting in and standing out, the effects of pop culture images, and the influence of role models from parents and teachers to athletes and entertainers to fictional characters.