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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American manhood: transformations in masculinity from the Revolution to the modern era

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. 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.

Anthony Rotundo New York: Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Email alerts New issue alert. American Manhood argues that a revolution in our understanding of masculinity has occurred twice over the last two hundred years.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In colonial America, “communal manhood” – rogundo social bonds and a man’s place at the head of the household – dominated men’s lives.

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Speaking directly to the contemporary dilemmas of American masculinity, Rotundo brilliantly analyzes the moral and psychologicalparadoxes of becoming a man, discussing the bonds between mothers and sons as well as fathers and sons; the origins of an idealized athleticism; the worship of heroic entrepreneurs; patterns of love, marriage, and sexuality; and the roots of disdain for male homosexuality.

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A second revolution occurred in the twentieth century as “passionate manhood”, based on aggression, combativeness, and sexual desire, became the ideal. 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. Sign In or Create an Account. Anthony Rotundo stresses that our concept of manhood is man-made; and like any human invention, it has a history.

Citing articles via Google Scholar. Similarly, men’s relation to women, while never abjuring the underlying framework of gender spheres, has repeatedly shifted to buttress men’s superiority.


Anthony Rotundo No preview available – Don’t have an account? Article PDF first page preview. Related articles in Google Scholar. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? The word “competitive” did not exist then, and the word “effeminate”, until a century ago, referred to a fondness for luxury. Americqn Options Sign in.


Who is a “real man”? Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Anthony Rotundo Snippet view – Also in the nineteenth century, men often wrote each other love letters – even such famous Americans as Alexander Hamilton and Daniel Webster.

Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism. Two hundred years ago, for example, men were considered more sexually restrained than women.

From inside the book. References to this book Real Boys: Toward a History of American.