Angry White Men American Masculinity at the End of an Era

ISBN-10: 1568586965
ISBN-13: 9781568586960
Edition: 2013
Authors: Michael Kimmel
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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

You see them everywhere — yet they’re often invisible. They patrol America’s southern border, determined to keep out Mexican immigrants; when that fails, they cruise border towns looking for immigrants to attack. They tune in to venomous talk radio hosts who translate any economic anguish, psychological distress, or political confusion into blind rage. They swarm into populist Tea Party rallies, hoping to find like-minded kinsmen willing to join with them to turn the country around. In suburbia, they’re the ones who cut you off on the freeway, screaming with road rage if you dare to slow them down. If their kid doesn’t make that suburban soccer team or that heartland hockey team, they’re the ones who rush out onto the field to hit the coach or strangle the referee. Further up the economic ladder, they’re the guys in seething in the corner of the corporate “diversity training” workshop, snarling that they are now “walking on eggshells” around the office.They are America’s angry white men. The past two decades have witnessed mainstream white American men exploding like never before in our history. Why should so many white American men be so angry, anyway? After all, just being Americans, they are among the most privileged people on earth. In the United States, white men get the lion’s share of the wealth.Michael Kimmel — perhaps America’s leading scholar and writer on men and masculinity — has spent the last decade puzzling over this paradox. He has spent hundreds of hours in the company of these men, hanging out, interviewing them. The resulting book Angry White Men answers this question by taking the pulse of these different groups of American men, dissecting their anger and anxieties.Regardless of their class position, Kimmel argues, American white men have become a nation of Esaus. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political and economic gender gap—evinced in the latest Presidential election— twinned with an ideology of masculinity that men have inherited from their fathers and fathers before them, an ideology that promises unparalleled acquisition coupled with a tragically impoverished emotional intelligence. As the material benefits of white masculinity are beginning to wither, the codes and rituals of whiteness and masculinity take on more meaning and have become a psychological wage. Angry white men are linked by a single core experience: what Kimmel calls “aggrieved entitlement.” It is that sense that those benefits to which you believed yourself entitled have been snatched away from you by unseen forces larger and more powerful.“We have accepted an ideology of masculinity that leaves us feeling empty and alone when we do it ‘right’ and even worse when we feel we’re doing it wrong,” Kimmel writes, “Worst of all, though, is when we feel we’ve done it right and still do not get the rewards to which we believe we are entitled. Then we have to blame somebody. Somebody else.”

Preface: American Masculinity at the End of an Era
Acknowledgments
Introduction: America, the Angry
Manufacturing Rage: The Cultural Construction of Aggrieved Entitlement
Angry White Boys
White Men as Victims: The Men's Rights Movement
Angry White Dads
Targeting Women
Mad Men: The Rage(s) of the American Working Man
The White Wing
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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