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Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland
by Stephen Meyer
University of Illinois Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-252-09825-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-08154-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04005-4
Library of Congress Classification HD8039.A82M4659 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.76292220973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Stephen Meyer charts the complex vagaries of men reinventing manhood in twentieth century America. Their ideas of masculinity destroyed by principles of mass production, workers created a white-dominated culture that defended its turf against other racial groups and revived a crude, hypersexualized treatment of women that went far beyond the shop floor. At the same time, they recast unionization battles as manly struggles against a system killing their very selves. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, Meyer recreates a social milieu in stunning detail--the mean labor and stolen pleasures, the battles on the street and in the soul, and a masculinity that expressed itself in violence and sexism but also as a wellspring of the fortitude necessary to maintain one's dignity while doing hard work in hard world.
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