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Men to boys : the making of modern immaturity

Author: Gary S Cross
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary S Cross
ISBN: 9780231144315 0231144318
OCLC Number: 559791637
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: 316 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Where have all the men gone? --
When fathers knew best (or did they?) --
Living fast, (sometimes) dying young --
Talking about my generation --
My generation becomes the Pepsi generation --
New stories new rebels --
Endless thrills --
Life beyond pleasure island.
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When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He argues that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, and he concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.

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[A] perceptive, eloquent book. Publishers Weekly Gary Cross slides through twentieth-century culture in loping, eloquent paragraphs. He gives us informed wryness--as when he observes that the patron Read more...

 
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