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Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities

 
 
 
 
Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780253217813
ISBN 10: 253217814
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2005-11-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $28.00
 
 

Take this test. You think today's sensitive, caring man is: (a) a myth, (b) an oxymoron, or (c) a moron. No matter whether you laugh at this bit of folk humor, its wide circulation bespeaks a modern predicament for American men.

Men's "manly" traditions have been shaken in an age of "sensitivity." Some observers have even referred to a crisis of masculinity for a new generation of boys. In Manly Traditions, established scholars in the fields of folklore, men's studies, and gender studies identify the folkloric roots of what it means to be a man in America. In a lively volume they examine the traditions men inherit and adapt for their own purposes in contemporary life.