Image of Man The Creation of Modern Masculinity

ISBN-10: 0195126602
ISBN-13: 9780195126600
Edition: 1999 (Reprint)
Authors: George L. Mosse
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be manly? How has our notion of masculinity changed over the years? In this book, noted historian George L. Mosse provides the first historical account of the masculine stereotype in modern Western culture, tracing the evolution of the idea of manliness to reveal how it came to embody physical beauty, courage, moral restraint, and a strong will. This stereotype, he finds, originated in the tumultuous changes of the eighteenth century, as Europe's dominant aristocrats grudgingly yielded to the rise of the professional, bureaucratic, and commercial middle classes. Mosse reveals how the new bourgeoisie, faced with a bewildering, rapidly industrialized world, latched onto the knightly ideal of chivalry. He also shows how the rise of universal conscription created a "soldierly man" as an ideal type. In bringing his examination up to the present, Mosse studies the key historical roles of the so-called "fairer sex" (women) and "unmanly men" (Jews and homosexuals) in defining and maintaining the male stereotype, and considers the possible erosion of that stereotype in our own time.

Introduction: The Masculine Stereotype
Setting the Standard
Getting There
The Countertype
Masculinity in Crisis: The Decadence
Warriors and Socialists
The Normal Society of Men
The New Fascist Man
Toward a New Masculinity?
Notes
Index

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