Manly Traditions

Manly Traditions : The Folk Roots of American Masculinities

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Take this test. You think today's sensitive, caring man is: (a) a myth, (b) an oxymoron, or (c) a moron. No matter whether you laugh at this bit of folk humor, its wide circulation bespeaks a modern predicament for American men. Men's "manly" traditions have been shaken in an age of "sensitivity." Some observers have even referred to a crisis of masculinity for a new generation of boys. In Manly Traditions, established scholars in the fields of folklore, men's studies, and gender studies identify the folkloric roots of what it means to be a man in America. In a lively volume they examine the traditions men inherit and adapt for their own purposes in contemporary life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 43.2mm | 544.32g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 58 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253217814
  • 9780253217813
  • 2,111,450

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Author of several studies of American folklore (e.g., Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition, CH, Mar'03, 40-4184, and Piled Higher and Deeper: The Folklore of Campus Life, 1990), Bronner (Pennsylvania State Univ., Harrisburg) here brings together a diverse and engaging collection on the contemporary American male experience. Divided into two sections, Manly Displays and Performances and Manly Expressions and Texts, the 12 essays offer case studies that, taken together, explore the wide range of culturally sanctioned masculine behavior at the dawn of the 21st century. Of particular interest are the lucid and thorough essays on African American stepping, Latino culture in South Texas, Japanese American manliness, and gay men's performances in public club scenes. In the introductory essay, Menfolk, Bronner provides a cogent, well-researched analysis of how men behave in groups, and this essay alone is well worth the price of admission. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.-W. Edwards, Longwood University * Choice(for internal use only until 9/1/06) *
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About Simon J Bronner

Simon J. Bronner is Distinguished University Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. The author of more than a dozen books, he lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Simon J. BronnerMenfolk Simon J. BronnerPart I. Manly Displays and Performances1. In the Company of Men: Female Accommodation and the Folk Culture of Male Groups Gary Alan Fine2. "Running the Yard": The Negotiation of Masculinities in African American Stepping Tom Mould3. Muy Macho: Traditional Practices in the Formation of Latino Masculinity in South Texas Border Culture Norma E. Cantu4. Performing Manliness: Resistance and Harmony in Japanese American Taiko Hideyo Konagaya5. "I Feel That I'm Freer to Show My Feminine Side": Folklore and Alternative Masculinities in a Rave Scene Anthony P. Avery6. The Circuit: Gay Men's Techniques of Ecstasy Mickey WeemsPart II. Manly Expressions and Texts7. The Folklore of Mother-Raised Boys and Men Jay Mechling8. Be Careful What You Wish For: Images of Masculinity in Tragedies of Wish Fulfillment Greg Kelley9. Manly Characters in Contemporary Legends: A Preliminary Survey W. F. H. Nicolaisen10. Mountain Masculinity: Jokes Southern Mountain Men Tell on Themselves W. K. McNeil11. Secret Erections and Sexual Fabrications: Old Men Crafting Manliness Simon J. Bronner12. "Letting Out Jack": Sex and Aggression in Manly Recitations Ronald L. Baker and Simon J. BronnerAfterword: Many Manly Traditions-A Folkloristic Maelstrom Alan DundesContributorsIndex
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