Guyland by Michael Kimmel
The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

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The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as "Guyland."

In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults.

 

About Michael Kimmel

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Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook. His books include "Changing Men" (1987), "Men Confront Pornography" (1990), "Men s Lives" (4th edition, 1997), "Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States", "1776-1990" (1992), "The Politics of Manhood" (1996), and "Manhood: A Cultural History" (1996). In addition to the journal Men and Masculinities, he also edits a book series on Men and Masculinity at the University of California Press, and the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities. He is the Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and lectures extensively on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 354 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Parents with young-adult males living at home will immediately recognize these guys, who stay up all hours with media, engage in casual sex and maintain a manly front at all times with the putdown, “That’s so gay.” Bored, anxious, uncertain and ill-prepared for emotional intimacy, they are in nee...

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The sociologist Michael Kimmel provides a look at the young American male as a crude, aggressive jerk.

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The fathers, though, get jealous.” One man — the 48-year-old father of a 19-year-old boy — asks him to clarify: These guys are getting it on with, “like, different girls all the time and .

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“The passage between adolescence and adulthood,” Kimmel concludes, “has ­morphed from a transitional moment to a separate life stage.” Young middle-class white men feel the relative decline in their status particularly acutely, Kimmel argues.

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To a growing list of books about the myths and mysteries of American boys and young males, Kimmel, a sociologist and author of Manhood In America , adds this deft exploration grounded in research.

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Whether we're talking about Mel Gibson's brutal rants, Al Gore's alleged sexual exploits, or any number of recent instances where men fail to act in a responsible fashion, I think it's time men took a long hard look at ourselves.

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This coerces guys not to question the values, actions and ideals of the group, for fear of the peer group turning on the guy.

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