Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction

Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction


Edited by Craig Thompson Friend, Contributions by Matthew Mace Barbee, Contributions by Steve Blankenship, Contributions by Edward J. Blum, Contributions by Christopher Breu, Contributions by Joseph Creech, Contributions by Seth Dowland, Contributions by Kris Durocher, Contributions by Craig Thompson Friend, Contributions by John Howard

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  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 22mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Georgia
  • ISBN 10: 0820332321
  • ISBN 13: 9780820332321
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,746,328

Product description

This book covers topics from Cherokee chiefs to womanless weddings. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed collection "Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South" (Georgia, 2004), "Southern Masculinity" explores the contours of southern male identity from Reconstruction to the present. Twelve case studies document the changing definitions of southern masculine identity as understood in conjunction with identities based on race, gender, age, sexuality, and geography.After the Civil War, southern men crafted notions of manhood in opposition to northern ideals of masculinity and as counterpoint to southern womanhood. At the same time, manliness in the South - as understood by individuals and within communities - retained and transformed antebellum conceptions of honor and mastery. This collection examines masculinity with respect to Reconstruction, the New South, racism, southern womanhood, the Sunbelt, gay rights, and the rise of the Christian Right. Familiar figures such as Arthur Ashe are investigated from fresh angles, while other essays plumb new areas such as the womanless wedding and Cherokee masculinity.

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Author information

Craig Thompson Friend is an associate professor of history and Director of Public History at North Carolina State University. He is coeditor of Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia).

Review quote

"Analytically interesting and empirically rich, these very strong essays form a fine companion to Southern Manhood." - Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America"