The Masculine Mystique: The Politics of Masculinity

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Ballantine Books, 1995 - Social Science - 367 pages
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American men are in crisis. We see the consequences all around us: the alarming increase in male unemployment and homelessness, punitive custody laws that deprive men of their children, and high-pressure competitive jobs that leave men vulnerable to stress-related diseases and substance abuse. Andrew Kimbrell has seen the fear that men are living with and has heard their anxious voices. In The Masculine Mystique, he traces the turbulent history that has brought men to this crisis. From the laws of enclosure that first separated men from their land centuries ago to the steep decline in real wages earned by American men in the last twenty years, Kimbrell explains the shifts that have steadily undermined men and created a destructive masculine mystique.

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Contents

Facing the Facts
3
Just Like a Man
14
The Enclosure of Men
28
The Machine Man
45
The Competition Man
71
The Profit Man
87
The Power Man
111
Out of the Woods
133
Fighting Fathers
145
Out of the Harness
176
The Dead in the Living
245
A NEW MASCULINITY
295
Building a Community of Men
303
A Manifesto for Men
311
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About the author (1995)

Published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology, by arrangement with Island Press.
Andrew Kimbrell is a public interest attorney, activist and author. He has been involved in public interest legal activity in numerous areas of technology, human health and the environment. After working eight years as the Policy Director at the Foundation for Economic Trends, Kimbrell established the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) in 1994 and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in 1997. Kimbrell has written several books and given numerous public lectures on a variety of issues. He has been featured on radio and television programs across the country, including The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Crossfire, Headlines on Trial, and Good Morning America. He has lectured at dozens of universities throughout the country and has testified before congressional and regulatory hearings. In 1994, the Utne Reader named Kimbrell as one of the world's leading 100 visionaries.

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