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  • Manhood Impossible: Men's Struggles to Control and Transform their Bodies and Work
  • Melzer, Scott
  • 2018
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  • Published by: Rutgers University Press
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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

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Manhood Dilemma
  2. pp. 1-26
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  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
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  1. Chapter 2. Fighting Back
  2. pp. 53-80
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  1. Chapter 3. Seeking Growth: The Penis Health Club
  2. pp. 81-115
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  1. Chapter 4. Compensating for Body Failures
  2. pp. 116-140
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  1. Part II. The Breadwinner Dilemma
  1. Chapter 5. Non-breadwinners: Unemployed Men and Stay-at-Home Dads
  2. pp. 143-168
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  1. Chapter 6. Unemployment Blues and Backlash
  2. pp. 169-193
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  1. Chapter 7. Redefining Manhood
  2. pp. 194-224
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  1. Part III. The Future of the Manhood Dilemma
  1. Conclusion: Making Manhood Possible
  2. pp. 227-248
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  1. Appendix: Studying Men and Manhood
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 283-284
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813584928
Related ISBN(s)
9780813584904, 9780813584911, 9780813598079
MARC Record
OCLC
1052876604
Pages
290
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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