Southern Masculinity

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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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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 22mm | 498.95g
  • 16 Feb 2009
  • University of Georgia Press
  • Georgia
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0820332321
  • 9780820332321
  • 1,761,896

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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).

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

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