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Author Sussman, Herbert L.
Title Masculine identities : the history and meanings of manliness / Herbert Sussman.
Published Santa Barbara, Calif : Praeger, c2012.
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 Floor3  HQ1090 .S88 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description 185 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Man as warrior -- Athens and the emergence of democratic man -- The craftsman -- Economic man and the rise of the middle class -- I am a man : African-American masculine identities -- Jewish-American masculine identities -- Same-sex desire and masculine identity -- Conclusion : masculine identities now.
Summary "This book provides an intriguing look at the long history of the changing definitions of what it means to "be a man," identifying both the continuity and disparity in these ideals and explaining the contemporary crisis of masculinity.
Not all men are truly "men" - that is, people of both sexes believe that not everyone who is born biologically male reaches the ideal for men dictated by the society into which he is born. Such masculine identities or concepts of manliness have existed from the beginnings of human civilization, and they take vastly different shapes throughout history and across cultures and subcultures.
In the classical Athens of Plato and Pericles, erotic relations between adolescents and adult men - what we now revile as pedophilia - was the marker of manliness; a clear example of how concepts of masculinity shift. Even within modern western society, there are conflicting ideals for men; they are expected to be both aggressive and unemotional in business, and sensitive and caring as a father and lover.
Masculine Identities: The History and Meanings of Manliness provides a comprehensive consideration of what "being a man" has meant over time. A fascinating read for men and women alike, it examines masculine identities that emerged in the past and continue into the present, such as the warrior, the democratic man, the craftsman, the self-made man of business, as well as ethnic forms of manliness. The work concludes by examining the contemporary issues of male sexuality, same-sex identity, and the conflicts within men in the modern world."--pub. desc.
Subject Masculinity -- History.
Men -- History.
ISBN 0313391599 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
9780313391590 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
9780313391606 (ebook)
0313391602 (ebook)
OCLC number 745980504