Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (ISBN -9) is a book by Michael Kimmel, published in The book covers the. The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the prevailing social.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Guyland by Michael S. Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood? Why do so many of them fail to launch? Just what is going on with America’s young men?

The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear, coherent, and relatively secure: Tod Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood?

Today growing up has become more complex and confusing as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals guylznd once helped boys navigate their way to manhood.

The average young American man today is moving through a new stage of development, a buddy culture unfazed by the demands of parents, girlfriends, jobs, kids, and other nuisances of adult life.

Sociologist and gender studies authority Michael Kimmel gook identified this territory as “Guyland,” a place that is both a stage of life and a new social arena. Guyland is the locker room writ large: Kimmel has interviewed hundreds of young men ages sixteen to twenty-six in high schools and college fraternity houses, military academies and sports bars, to better understand Guyland’s rules and restrictions, its layers of peer pressure and gender policing, its features and artifacts—from the ordinary video games, sports, and music to the extreme violent fraternity initiations, sexual bookk.

In mapping the social world where tomorrow’s men are made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America’s sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, to stay true to themselves, and to travel safely through Guyland, emerging as responsible and fully formed men of integrity and honor.

Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Guylandplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 11, Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it Shelves: This book was mediocre, mostly just because I already know that college-aged straight white dudes are generally the worst.

Nothing was particularly bad about this book, but nothing was extremely impressing either. If anything, I’m just more disturbed and angry at the white guy bok, and I wish this book touched more on how girls can help other than being a mother and teaching future generations to do better.

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Which isn’t happening because haha. Jul 18, Tiny Pants rated it it was ok Shelves: I don’t want to out and out trash this book, because there are glimmers of brilliance in it. Unfortunately, most of those insights last all of a paragraph, and then we’re back with the meat of the book, which I would describe most uncharitably huyland A rehash of arguments from Manhood in America and The Gendered Society dumbed-down and cuted-up to a “this’d better get me on the Today Show level.

What was my problem with it? Wellll, there were a bunch. A key one is that in spite of guyoand at inclusiveness which were goodthis book really focuses on a smaller demographic than “all guys gook to Even though — like I said — Kimmel discusses places where race, ethnicity, and class come into the picture though mostly the first of thosegulyand doesn’t do it enough, and he easily lapses into describing phenomena that are relatively circumscribed as if they affected all American men within that age group.


Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

Similarly, even though he’s perfectly capable of demonstrating gender as a social construction — he does it well enough in Booo Gendered Society which one of the classes I TA for regularly uses as a textbook to give even my students who are biology majors pause — he doesn’t really bother to do it here. With his focus on young men and the Today Show level of the language, this easily turns into what he has criticized elsewhere as the “interplanetary view of gender.

In particular, his chapter on “hooking up” takes a “battle of the sexes” view that I find particularly unpalatable. But let’s save that for another time so I don’t wind up on a massive tangent.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Suffice to say, I worry here that he takes the easy route a lot in this book, even when he claims he’s confronting the hard questions. Another big problem for me: Where was the research? There were so many easy, low-hanging citations that he could have and should guyalnd just grabbed — it would have been very little effort. Even worse though was Kimmel’s claim that this book was based on “approximately four hundred” interviews with young men across the country.

If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? Even more dismaying, when you guylane the notes, you realize there’s even more of this going on than you thought, because some he only attributes back there in the fine print. I am never, ever comfortable with this practice even when it is acknowledged in the main body of the text.

I would completely freak out if I saw someone quoting one of my interviewees, even if they were acknowledging my work.

I was even more uncomfortable here because there were several authors whose work I felt he mischaracterized guuland Boswell and Spade on fraternities and sexual assault and others he seemed dismissive toward especially the fantastic C. Last — and this is probably less Kimmel’s issue and more one for fact-checking — but by god people.

I know we’re academics. I know we’re all getting older and a bit more removed from youth culture. I know we can be out of touch. But seriously, sentences like this: This book was published in for guylsnd sake!

You’ve already said “laptop” in the sentence, which for most people is their portable DVD player. Don’t say “MP3s” in a list of hardware as if that’s a parallel item.

Later, there’s a mention of heroines of Nickelodeon shows that includes Zoey from Zoey cancelled and Carly from iCarly a Disney show. How can someone gook a nine-year-old at the time of writing be that out of touch with kids’ stuff?! I know I am a way, way more critical reader than most folks, and I am probably setting myself up in a poor way karma-wise for when I eventually try to publish my dissertation, but this kind of stuff just kills me.

You know, even though I’ve complained about it a bunch here because I thought it was transparent panderingthere are many worse things than academics trying to get popular attention. It would certainly be good for sociological ideas to travel further into the public sphere — particularly, in my opinion, ones that might make people question or challenge commonsense understandings of how gender works.

But nothing makes a young, non-sociologist reader throw out the baby with the bath water like a sentence about Gameboys and MP3s!

I see it all the time teaching undergrads, and it really bummed me out to see it here. So why did I even give this book two stars? Well, it was very readable. Kimmel is easy reading, and he explains concepts well like I said above, one of his earlier books has been a very effective textbook for me.


He can get you through upsetting material e. In all I think I made it through this book in two or three sittings. And like I said, I really wanted to like it. I do think gyland heart is guylajd in the right place, I just felt that — as a sociologist whew! Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it really liked it. Guyland is less of a place than an attitude, a realm of existence.

Occupied by young, single, white men, its main demographic is middle class kids who are college-bound, college co-eds, or recent graduates in the United States. They live in communal housing with fraternity brothers or other recent grads. They work entry-level jobs but act aimless. They have plenty of time to party like they did in college and subsist on pizza, beer, and a visual diet of cartoons, sports, and porn. They hook up w Guyland is less of a place than an attitude, a realm of gugland.

They hook up with women, but rarely form meaningful relationships. Guyland, as described in the book of the same name, is a world occupied by a specific type of privileged, entitled, young, guhland male, one who probably watches The Man Show on SpikeTV and listens to gangsta rap with no hint of irony. Kimmel has written extensively about this culture with no name, a culture that appears so ubiquitous on large, public U.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael S. Kimmel

Yet in Guyland, Kimmel deconstructs the many problems associated with this lifestyle, and perhaps most importantly, how it can stunt the growth of young men and women with true potential. The critique of Guyland includes a laundry list of offensive behaviors and attitudes. Crude male bonding encourages a specific type of homosocial behavior that dictates strict masculinity, which makes gay baiting a common practice.

Men in Guyland watch pornography in large groups, not to get off, but to discuss humiliating the women to whom they feel entitled. Binge drinking and partying all weekend are common behaviors, both in college and beyond. No one acts particularly interested in committed relationships, though many men interviewed assume they will one day marry and have children.

The contradictions continue throughout the entire book, as entitled young men voice to Kimmel their desires without introspection about how to reach them. This truth may be difficult for the population at large to swallow, but in omitting key elements from his text, Kimmel failed the groups his book could otherwise benefit: Guyland should come guylanx a warning for those who have lived — personally or indirectly — through the trauma that can go hand in hand with a violent male culture: It picks up where books like Stiffed and Female Chauvinist Pigs left off, exploring the nuances of male bonding, sports culture, and hazing.

It credits feminism for helping men bounce back from their time in a pornified wasteland and offers hope that, as a culture, we can begin turning things around gujland young men, beginning as early as middle school.

Review by Brittany Shoot May 10, James rated it really gyyland it. I wanted to give this 5 stars but ultimately did not because his case studies and examples are a little too narrow. He makes a good case using statistics that the culture of fraternities filled with white men is overwhelmingly toxic on many college campuses.