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The Resource American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era, E. Anthony Rotundo

American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era, E. Anthony Rotundo

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American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era
Title
American manhood
Title remainder
transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era
Statement of responsibility
E. Anthony Rotundo
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The first history of American manhood this book sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the current fascination with men's lives. Who is a "real man"? What is "naturally" male? How does a "manly" man act? Opposing the views of men's movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, E. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history. Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the past two centuries, and presents a radically different portrait of manhood in earlier times. Two hundred years ago, for example, men were considered more sexually restrained than women. The word "competitive" did not exist then, and the word "effeminate," until a century ago, referred to a fondness for luxury. Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters - even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster. American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of masculinity has occurred twice over the last two hundred years. In colonial America, "communal manhood"--Emphasizing social bonds and a man's place at the head of the household - dominated men's lives. But at the dawn of the nineteenth century a new "self-made manhood" emerged, stressing competition and fusing man's identity to the workplace. A second revolution occurred in the twentieth century as "passionate manhood," based on aggression, combativeness, and sexual desire, became the ideal. Speaking directly to the contemporary dilemmas of American masculinity, Rotundo brilliantly analyzes the moral and psychological paradoxes of becoming a man, discussing the bonds between mothers and sons as well as fathers and sons; the origins of an idealized athleticism; the worship of heroic entrepreneurs; patterns of love, marriage, and sexuality; and the roots of disdain for male homosexuality. The book also reveals how changing concepts of manhood helped to define the character of many important modern American institutions, from higher education to sports to politics. Here is a fascinating account of how our understanding of what it means to be a man has changed over time
  • The first history of American manhood this book sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the current fascination with men's lives. Who is a "real man"? What is "naturally" male? How does a "manly" man act? Opposing the views of men's movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, E. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history. Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the past two centuries, and presents a radically different portrait of manhood in earlier times. Two hundred years ago, for example, men were considered more sexually restrained than women. The word "competitive" did not exist then, and the word "effeminate," until a century ago, referred to a fondness for luxury. Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters - even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster. American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of masculinity has occurred twice over the last two hundred years. In colonial America, "communal manhood" - emphasizing social bonds and a man's place at the head of the household - dominated men's lives. But at the dawn of the nineteenth century a new "self-made manhood" emerged, stressing competition and fusing man's identity to the workplace. A second revolution occurred in the twentieth century as "passionate manhood," based on aggression, combativeness, and sexual desire, became the ideal. Speaking directly to the contemporary dilemmas of American masculinity, Rotundo brilliantly analyzes the moral and psychological paradoxes of becoming a man, discussing the bonds between mothers and sons as well as fathers and sons; the origins of an idealized athleticism; the worship of heroic entrepreneurs; patterns of love, marriage, and sexuality; and the roots of disdain for male homosexuality. The book also reveals how changing concepts of manhood helped to define the character of many important modern American institutions, from higher education to sports to politics. Here is a fascinating account of how our understanding of what it means to be a man has changed over time
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Rotundo, E. Anthony
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Men
  • Masculinity
  • Gender Identity
  • Men
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American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era, E. Anthony Rotundo
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Community to individual: the transformation of manhood at the turn of the Nineteenth Century -- Boy culture -- Male youth culture -- Youth and male intimacy -- The development of men's attitudes toward women -- Love, sex, and courtship -- Marriage -- Work and identity -- The male culture of the workplace -- Passionate manhood: a changing standard of masculinity -- Roots of change: the women without and the woman within -- Manhood in the Twentieth Century
Control code
26399290
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 382 pages
Isbn
9780465014095
Lccn
92053247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1501480
Label
American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era, E. Anthony Rotundo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Community to individual: the transformation of manhood at the turn of the Nineteenth Century -- Boy culture -- Male youth culture -- Youth and male intimacy -- The development of men's attitudes toward women -- Love, sex, and courtship -- Marriage -- Work and identity -- The male culture of the workplace -- Passionate manhood: a changing standard of masculinity -- Roots of change: the women without and the woman within -- Manhood in the Twentieth Century
Control code
26399290
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 382 pages
Isbn
9780465014095
Lccn
92053247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1501480

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