Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of. In the first comprehensive history of American manhood, E. Anthony Rotundo sweeps away the groundless assumptions and myths that inform the Read More. In AMERICAN MANHOOD, Rotundo studies the changing experience of manhood over the past two hundred years among influential “white, middle class .

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No eBook available Amazon. Similarly, men’s relation to women, while never abjuring rotubdo underlying framework of gender spheres, has repeatedly shifted to buttress men’s superiority. Contents Toward a History of American. Most users should sign in with their email address. A second revolution occurred in the twentieth century as “passionate manhood”, based on aggression, combativeness, and sexual desire, became the ideal.

The word “competitive” did not exist then, and the word “effeminate”, until a century ago, referred to a fondness for luxury. Please provide an email address. You do not currently have access to this article. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. From inside the book. Sexuality, too, Rotundo says, has changed profoundly, and not always in ways we would think: Be the first to discover new talent!


Who is a “real man”? The qualities that were valued in a man were likewise transformed, from an ideal that called for the suppression of aggressive, competitive urges to an image of manliness that valued nothing more. Other editions – View all American manhood: The 18th century lacked a true concept of homosexuality, allowing adult male friends to spend the night in each others’ arms–an act inconceivable to most contemporary heterosexuals.

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From a Puritan society that conceived of men largely as ranked members of a community, America, he says, was transformed into a place where a man was an individual who created his own place and status.

You could not be signed in. In colonial America, “communal manhood” – emphasizing social bonds and a man’s place at the head of the household – dominated men’s lives.


Toward a History of American. Rotundo traces the drastic shifts in the meaning of masculinity that have occurred over the past two centuries, and presents a radically different portrait of manhood in earlier times.

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Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters – even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster. While boys were once seen as separate from men–at times, more like females; later, as a host of antisocial impulses that need to be suppressed–by the end of the 19th century, men with Theodore Roosevelt as paradigm were seen as overgrown boys, their boyish impulses being their best part.

Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of mannhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history. American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of masculinity has occurred twice over the last two hundred years. Email alerts New issue alert. Opposing the views americam men’s movement leaders and bestselling authors, who maintain If you originally registered with a username please use that to ameircan in. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.