Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 352 pages
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The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as "Guyland."

In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults.


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User Review  - mojomomma - LibraryThing

Great read focusing on young men from ages 16 to 26 and how they reach maturity (or not) in today's society. Kind of makes me wish my daughters weren't also in the same age bracket right now! Read full review

GUYLAND: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Guys just wanna have fun.Kimmel (Sociology/SUNY Stony Brook; Manhood in America: A Cultural History, 2005, etc.) offers an engaging account of young males in the "Guyland" stage of life—the years ... Read full review


Welcome to Guyland
Guyland as a New Stage of Development
The Guy Code
Boot Camp for Guyland
Binge Drinking Fraternity Hazing and the Elephant Walk
Sports Crazy
Guylands Media
Sex in Guyland
Predatory Sex and Party Rape
Eyes on the Guys
Just Guys

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A leading scholar in the field of gender studies, Michael Kimmel is author or editor of more than twenty volumes on the subject, including the groundbreaking Manhood in America. A professor of sociology, he teaches at State University of New York, Stony Brook, and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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