Manhood Impossible

The Manhood Impossible Study When I began this project in 2011, I set out to study only the phenomenon of men compensating for their masculinity failures. I sought to identify and pursue data where the stakes for men are highest: in ...

Manhood Impossible

Manhood Impossible

In Manhood Impossible, Scott Melzer argues that boys’ and men’s bodies and breadwinner status are the two primary sites for their expression of control. Controlling selves and others, and resisting being dominated and controlled is most connected to men’s bodies and work. However, no man can live up to these culturally ascendant ideals of manhood. The strategies men use to manage unmet expectations often prove toxic, not only for men themselves, but also for other men, women, and society. Melzer strategically explores the lives of four groups of adult men struggling with contemporary body and breadwinner ideals. These case studies uncover men’s struggles to achieve and maintain manhood, and redefine what it means to be a man.

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Manhood Impossible
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Scott Melzer
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-08-31 - Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In Manhood Impossible, Scott Melzer argues that boys’ and men’s bodies and breadwinner status are the two primary sites for their expression of control. Controlling selves and others, and resisting being dominated and controlled is most connected to men’s bodies and work. However, no man can live up to these
Getting It, Having It, Keeping It Up
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Beth Montemurro
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-10 - Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Scholars and social critics are looking at gender and sexuality, as well as masculinity, in new ways and with more attention to the way cultural ideologies affect men’s and women’s lives. With the rise of an online “incel” (involuntarily celibate) community and the perpetration of acts of violence in their
Cold Warriors
Language: en
Pages: 251
Authors: Suzanne Clark
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: SIU Press

Cold Warriors: Manliness on Trial in the Rhetoric of the West returns to familiar cultural forces—the West, anticommunism, and manliness—to show how they combined to suppress dissent and dominate the unruliness of literature in the name of a national identity after World War II. Few realize how much the domination
What This Cruel War Was Over
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Chandra Manning
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-04-03 - Publisher: Vintage

In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white, Northern and Southern-as they fought and marched across a divided country. With stunning poise and narrative verve, Manning explores how the Union and Confederate soldiers
The Genuine Article
Language: en
Pages: 285
Authors: Paul Gilmore
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-11-28 - Publisher: Duke University Press

In The Genuine Article Paul Gilmore examines the interdependence of literary and mass culture at a crucial moment in U. S. history. Demonstrating from a new perspective the centrality of race to the construction of white manhood across class lines, Gilmore argues that in the years before the Civil War,

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