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Brutes in suits : male sensibility in America, 1890-1920

Pettegrew, John, 1959-
Brutes in suits : male sensibility in America, 1890-1920 / John Pettegrew.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
xi, 409 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Gender relations in the American experience
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-398) and index.
  • Preface
  • Introduction : The de-evolutionary turn in U.S. masculinity
  • Darwin and evolutionary psychology, then and now
  • John Dewey, Pierre Bourdieu, and masculinity as a habit of mind
  • "The caveman within us" and the masculinist culture of mimicry
  • 1. Rugged individualism
  • Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis : origins, composition, and meanings
  • Turner's influence on the social psychology of the city
  • Radical individualism : masculinist art, angst, and alienation in the city
  • Dudism, cowgirl feminism, and the search for authenticity in the "Old West"
  • 2. Brute fictions
  • The American literary genre of hunting and killing
  • Reading for plot : Call of the Wild, the Virginian, and the new male readership
  • Irony, atavism, and other variations on the de-evolutionary theme.
  • 3. College football
  • Thorstein Veblen and the rise of "exotic ferocity" in American college football
  • Victor Turner, Standford football, and hypermasculine liminal subjects
  • Clifford Geertz at the big game : "Thick description of football as the cultural equivalent of war
  • 4. War in the head
  • Civil war memory, blood sacrifice, and modern American fighting spirit
  • Of Rough Riders, blood brothers, and Roosevelt the Berserker
  • War as sport for Doughboys, golden boys, and slackers
  • Postscript : Marine Corps spirit and the U.S. warrior class, 1941-2003
  • 5. Laws of sexual selection
  • Race, lynch law, and the manly provocation
  • Marriage, cultural defense in The People v. Chen, and the heart-of-passion defense in Texas
  • Compulsory heterosexuality, the Charles Atlas Muscle-Beach fable, and sexual dimorphism unbound
  • Epilogue : Irony, instinct, and war
  • Irony, Sam Fussell's Muscle, and masculinity as a "parodic tableau vivant"
  • Instinct, deep masculinity, and the decline of males
  • The Iraq War, hypermasculinity, and the metaphor of disease
  • Notes
  • Essay on sources
  • Index.
Kinsey subjects
Gender role identification--Male. Men--United States. Changing role of men--United States.
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