The Politics of Manhood: Profeminist Men Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And the Mythopoetic Leaders Answer)

The Politics of Manhood: Profeminist Men Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And the Mythopoetic Leaders Answer)

by Michael Kimmel

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The concept and reality of revolution continue to pose some of the most challenging and important questions in the world today. What causes revolution? Why do some people participate in revolutionary events while others do not? What is the role of religion and ideology in causing and sustaining revolution? Why do some revolutions succeed and some fail? These questions have preoccupied philosophers and social scientists for centuries. In Revolution, Michael S. Kimmel examines why the study of revolution has attained such importance and he provides a systematic historical analysis of key ideas and theories. The book surveys the classical perspectives on revolution offered by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century theorists, such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Tocqueville, and Freud. Kimmel argues that their perspectives on revolution were affected by the reality of living through the revolutions of 1848 and 1917, a reality that raised crucial issues of class, state, bureaucracy, and motivation. The author then turns to the interpretations of revolution offered by social scientists in the post-World War II period, especially modernization theory and social psychological theories. Here, he contends that the relative quiescence of the 1950s cast revolutions in a different light, which was poorly suited to explain the revolutionary upheavals that have marked the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. With reference to the work of Barrington Moore, Theda Skocpol, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Charles Tilly, among others, Kimmel develops the criteria for a structural theory of revolution. This lucid, accessible account includes contemporary analyses of the Nicaraguan, Iranian, and Angolan revolutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439901465
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 572 KB

About the Author

Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and editor of masculinities, a scholarly journal. His books include Men's LivesMen Confront Pornography, and Manhood in America: A History.

Table of Contents


Publication Information 
Introduction – Michael S. Kimmel

Part I: Conceptual Critiques 
1. Weekend Warriors: Robert Bly and the Politics of Masculine Retreat – Michael S. Kimmel and Michael Kaufman 
2. Mythopoetic Foundations and New Age Patriarchy – Ken Clatterbaugh 
3. Gazing into Men's Middles: Sam Keen's Fire in the Belly – Don Sabo

Part II: The Personal is Political: The Mythopoetic Men's Movement as a Social Movement 
4. Men at Bay: The Men's Movement and Its Newest Bestsellers – R.W. Connell 
5. The Politics of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement – Harry Brod 
6. "Changing Men" and Feminist Politics in the United States – Michael A. Messner

Part III: The Personal is Intellectual 
7. Born to Run: Nineteenth Century Fantasies of Masculine Retreat and Recreation (or The Historical Rust on Iron John) – Michael S. Kimmel 
8. Deep Masculinity as Social Control: Foucault, Bly and Masculinity – Tim Beneke 
9. A Woman for Every Wild Man: Robert Bly and His Reaffirmation of Masculinity – David Gutterman 
10. Renewal as Retreat: The Battle for Men's Souls – Timothy Nonn 
11. Mythopoetic Men's Work as a Search for Communitas – Michael Schwalbe

Part IV: The Personal is Personal: The Politics of the Masculinist Therapeutic 
12. Homophobia in Robert Bly's Iron John – Gordon Murray 
13. The Shadow of Iron John – Paul Wolf-Light 
14. Soft Males and Mama's Boys: A Critique of Bly – Terry A Kupers 
15. Psyche, Society, and the Men's Movement – Chris Bullock 
16. Cultural Daddy-ism and Male Hysteria, – David M. Weed 
17. Iron Clint: Queer Weddings in Robert Bly's Iron John and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven – Mark Simpson

Part V: The Struggle for Men's Souls: Mythopoetic Men Respond to the Pro Feminist Critique 
18. Thoughts on Reading This Book – Robert Bly 
19. The Post-Feminist Men's Movement – Aaron Kipnis 
20. Healing, Community and Justice in the Men's Movement: Towards a Socially Responsible Model of Masculinity – Onaje Benjamin 
21. Mythopoetic Men's Movements – Shepherd Bliss 
22. We've Come a Long Way Too, Baby. And We've Still Got a Ways to Go. So Give Us a Break! – Marvin Allen 
23. 25 Years in the Men's Movement – Jed Diamond

Part VI: Conclusion: Can We All Get Along? 
24. Why Mythopoetic Men Don't Flock to NOMAS – Michael Schwalbe 
25. In Defense of the Men's Movements – Don Shewey 
26. Betwixt and Between in the Men's Movement – Mike Dash

Afterword: Tame Questions of Wild Men – Michael S. Kimmel 


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