In this Book

  • Manhood Impossible: Men's Struggles to Control and Transform Their Bodies and Work
  • Book
  • Melzer, Scott
  • 2018
  • Published by: Rutgers University Press
    • Viewed
    • View Citation
summary
In Manhood Impossible, Scott Melzer argues that boys’ and men’s bodies and breadwinner status are the two primary sites for their expression of control. Controlling selves and others, and resisting being dominated and controlled is most connected to men’s bodies and work. However, no man can live up to these culturally ascendant ideals of manhood. The strategies men use to manage unmet expectations often prove toxic, not only for men themselves, but also for other men, women, and society. Melzer strategically explores the lives of four groups of adult men struggling with contemporary body and breadwinner ideals. These case studies uncover men’s struggles to achieve and maintain manhood, and redefine what it means to be a man.  

Table of Contents

Download PDF Download Full Book
  1. Cover Page
  2. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Introduction: The Manhood Dilemma
  2. pp. 1-26
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part I. The Body Dilemma
  1. Chapter 1. Ritual Violence in a Two-Car Garage: The Gentleman's Fighting Club
  2. pp. 29-52
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 2. Fighting Back
  2. pp. 53-80
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 3. Seeking Growth: The Penis Health Club
  2. pp. 81-115
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 4. Compensating for Body Failures
  2. pp. 116-140
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part II. The Breadwinner Dilemma
  1. Chapter 5. Non-breadwinners: Unemployed Men and Stay-at-Home Dads
  2. pp. 143-168
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 6. Unemployment Blues and Backlash
  2. pp. 169-193
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 7. Redefining Manhood
  2. pp. 194-224
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part III. The Future of the Manhood Dilemma
  1. Conclusion: Making Manhood Possible
  2. pp. 227-248
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Appendix: Studying Men and Manhood
  2. pp. 249-254
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 255-256
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-276
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-282
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 283-284
  3. open access
    • Download PDF Download
Back To Top