Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of. In the first comprehensive history of American manhood, E. Anthony Rotundo sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the Read More. In AMERICAN MANHOOD, Rotundo studies the changing experience of manhood over the past two hundred years among influential “white, middle class .

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The qualities that were valued in a man were likewise transformed, from an ideal that called for the suppression of aggressive, competitive urges to an manhoos of manliness that valued nothing more. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Contents Toward a History of American. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Anthony Rotundo No preview available – Account Options Sign in.

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American manhood : transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era

Who is a “real man”? While boys were once seen as separate from men–at times, more like females; later, as a host of antisocial impulses that need to be suppressed–by the end of the 19th century, men with Theodore Roosevelt as paradigm were seen as overgrown boys, their boyish impulses being their best part.


There was a problem adding your email address. Opposing the views of men’s movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain that manliness is eternal and unchanging, E. From inside the book. From a Puritan society that conceived of men largely as ranked members of a community, America, he says, was transformed into a place where a man was an individual who created his own place and status. Speaking directly to the contemporary dilemmas of American masculinity, Rotundo brilliantly analyzes the moral and psychologicalparadoxes 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.

Hamburg from Burlesque to the Beatles, Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters – even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


Two hundred years ago, for example, men were considered more sexually restrained than women. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Media reporter, reviewer, manhkod, guest booker, blogger. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Opposing the views of men’s movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain Citing articles via Google Scholar. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history.


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No eBook available Amazon. Anthony Rotundo New York: Article PDF first page preview. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 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.

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Toward a History of American. But at the dawn of the nineteenth century a new “self-made manhood” emerged, amedican competition and fusing man’s identity to the workplace. You could not be signed in.

Don’t have an account? If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. A fascinating, accessible, and meticulous piece of scholarship, this study of changing conceptions of manhood breaks new ground in uncovering the internal struggles and shifting paradigms that have Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

In colonial America, “communal manhood” – emphasizing social bonds and a man’s place at the head of the household – dominated men’s lives.