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American Masculinities:  A Historical Encyclopedia

American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia

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December 2003 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia explores the wide range of identities and experiences that have defined men and masculinity in the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present. The first reference work devoted to this scholarly field, it draws on important contemporary research in history, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural and literary studies.

The encyclopedia--in more than 250 articles--analyzes American manhood through historical eras and events; sexuality and the body; cultural icons and symbols; attitudes and behaviors; work and leisure; institutions and organizations; controversial issues and movements; key figures; family and the life cycle; literature, film, theater, and art; theories and concepts; and identities based on race, ethnicity, class, age, and region. Each entry includes suggestions for further reading and a list of other articles with additional information on a topic.

"An excellent index, well-chosen photographs and illustrations, and an extensive bibliography add further value. American Masculinities is well worth what would otherise be too hefty a price for many libraries because no other encyclopedia comes close to covering this growing field so well."

Ken Middleton
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"Pleasing layout and good cross-references make Carroll's compendium a welcome addition to collections serving readers of all ages. Highly recommended."


This is a highly recommended purchase for undergraduate, medium-sized, and large public libraries wishing to provide a substantial introduction to the field of men's studies.

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"American Masculinities enjoys the advantage of taking a single approach to men's studies. . . . The contributors' deliberate depiction of changing attitudes over time graphically demonstrate varying views of manhood and the maturity of gender studies in America. The clarity they bring to an often amorphous subject deserves a place on shelves in both academic and public libraries."

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University
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