Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - Social Science - 383 pages
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Take this test. You think today’s sensitive, caring man is: (a) a myth, (b) an oxymoron, or (c) a moron. No matter whether you laugh at this bit of folk humor, its wide circulation bespeaks a modern predicament for American men.

Men’s "manly" traditions have been shaken in an age of "sensitivity." Some observers have even referred to a crisis of masculinity for a new generation of boys. In Manly Traditions, established scholars in the fields of folklore, men’s studies, and gender studies identify the folkloric roots of what it means to be a man in America. In a lively volume they examine the traditions men inherit and adapt for their own purposes in contemporary life.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
xi
Menfolk
1
Manly Displays and Performances
59
In the Company of Men Female Accommodation and the Folk Culture of Male Groups
61
Running the Yard The Negotiation of Masculinities in African American Stepping
77
Muy Macho Traditional Practices in the Formation of Latino Masculinity in South Texas Border Culture
116
Performing Manliness Resistance and Harmony in Japanese American Taiko
134
The Folklore of MotherRaised Boys and Men jay mechling
211
Be Careful What You Wish For Images of Masculinity in Tragedies of Wish Fulfillment
228
Manly Characters in Contemporary Legends A Preliminary Survey
247
Mountain Masculinity Jokes Southern Mountain Men Tell on Themselves
261
Secret Erections and Sexual Fabrications Old Men Crafting Manliness
274
Letting Out Jack Sex and Aggression in Manly Recitations
315
Many Manly Traditions A Folkloristic Maelstrom
351
CONTRIBUTORS
365

I Feel That Im Freer to Show My Feminine Side Folklore and Alternative Masculinities in a Rave Scene
157
The Circuit Gay Mens Techniques of Ecstasy
171

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About the author (2005)

Simon J. Bronner is Distinguished University Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. The author of more than a dozen books, he lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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