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Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity

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In this cross-cultural study of manhood as an achieved status, the author finds that a culturally sanctioned stress on manliness - on toughness and aggressiveness, stoicism and sexuality - is almost universal, and deeply ingrained in the consciousness of men who otherwise have little in common.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 24th 1991 by Yale University Press (first published 1990)
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Amberly
Mar 14, 2008 Amberly rated it it was amazing
David Gilmore was my anthropology professor for 4 straight years. His dry wit is matched only by his crusty charm and sincere love and dedication for his craft. The book's good too.
Simon
Mar 12, 2016 Simon rated it liked it
I found out about Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity from the Art of Manliness website. I was curious about this book because as I grow older I think about my identity as a man and what it means for me and the world I live in. I believe this book helps me have a stronger grip on that concept and identity. The author explores what manhood means in many different cultures across the world. From modern American culture to indigenous cultures of Africa and South America. Is ther ...more
affad
Oct 11, 2014 affad rated it really liked it
Superb read. I was fascinated by the topic largely after reading Jared Diamonds "Guns, Germs, Steal" and also reading "Boys Adrift" by Leonard Sax in which gender, masculine construct, and cultural opportunity costs discussed introduced the idea of masculinity, male image, and expected roles. I realized the concept of masculinity is strained because of the multiple layers of experience I have: the cultural norms of South Asia, the role of Islam, being an immigrant in America, being an American, ...more
Simcha Wood
May 28, 2015 Simcha Wood rated it liked it
David Gilmore's Manhood in the Making provides an interesting glimpse at the ways masculinity is defined in various cultures. It is a view that is, unfortunately, somewhat marred by the author's overly credulous acceptance of psychoanalytic and other soft-science theory, and his seemingly lack of curiosity about the work of neuoroscientists and evolutionary biologists that could cast some much-needed light on his work. In short, the book often misses the forest for the trees.

While Gilmore's work
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Emily
Apr 03, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be extremely fascinating. I am not an anthropologist or even a psychologist, but the cultural examples in this book were extremely interesting. It gives examples of what is considered "manhood" in different advanced and "primitive" societies around the globe. It's an intriguing read that I highly recommend.
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fascinating!
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