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Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale
by Kenneth B. Kidd
University of Minnesota Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-8166-4295-3 | Paper: 978-0-8166-4296-0
Library of Congress Classification PS374.C454K53 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.992826

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Will boys be boys? What are little boys made of? Kenneth B. Kidd responds to these familiar questions with a thorough review of boy culture in America since the late nineteenth century. From the "boy work" promoted by character-building organizations such as Scouting and 4-H to current therapeutic and pop psychological obsessions with children's self-esteem, Kidd presents the great variety of cultural influences on the changing notion of boyhood. Analyzing icons of boyhood and maleness from Huck Finn and The Jungle Book's Mowgli to Father Flanagan's Boys Town and even Michael Jackson, Kidd surveys films, psychoanalytic case studies, parenting manuals, historical accounts of the discoveries of "wolf-boys," and self-help books to provide a rigorous history of what it has meant to be an all-American boy.
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