Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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New York Times Book Review
"[Kimmel's] book exposes an urgent need for a strong, appealing, sensible Left movement that addresses the dispossession of America' s angry men and replaces it with a movement that respects our needs emotionally, politically and economically."Truthout
"An interesting and ranging discussion of the dark side of modern manhood with America's best expert on the topic. That quality is what makes the book so special, interesting, and easy to read. Kimmel blends personal stories with careful, journalistic study; he shifts between accessible academic and wide-ranged social commentarian; he explains complex sociology with the accessibility of a fun high school teacher in a small seminar class.... Whether you care about men, boys, masculinity, gender, feminism, violence, prejudice, post-industrial economics, or the frustrating, never-ending catastrophes that seem to make up modern American political life, Angry White Men is worth a read."
The Good Men Project
"[Angry White Men] delivers... a lively, frequently scary look at a group of people who are trying, ever more desperately, to hang onto a world that no longer exists."
"Kimmel's writing is open and engaging, reminiscent of a conversation with friends in a bar... Another worthwhile examination of important issues affecting men and, by extension, everyone else, from an author known for his insight into the subject."
Being white and male has brought unfair power for so long that some think it’s natural, both among those claiming it and those suffering from it. Michael Kimmel has done us the life-saving favor of naming this delusion that may endanger us more than any other. From executives for whom no amount of money is enough to white supremacists for whom no amount of power is enough, from U.S. wars in which men die to U.S. domestic violence in which even more women die, this illness is lethal for us all. Angry White Men is a brave, sane, compassionate, and rescuing book.”
Gloria Steinem, feminist activist and author
White men still have most of the power and most of the money, so why do so many of them feel so victimized? In this fascinating guided tour of the world of angry white menGlenn Beck fans, white supremacists, school shooters, men’s rights activistspioneer sociologist of masculinity Michael Kimmel shows how aggrieved entitlement’ leads them to blame people of color, immigrants, liberals, intellectuals, the government, and above all, women, for a society that is changing fast and, they fear, leaving them behind. No dry academic study, Angry White Men is full of shrewd political analysis, empathy, and humor.”
Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation
Michael Kimmel has written a comprehensive study of working and middle-class white men and described their collective grievances with insight and compassion. In regard to those among them who ally with the Far Right, he is equally insightful but justifiably more critical; his analysis of their misdirected rage at minorities and women is entirely persuasive. I enthusiastically recommend Angry White Men to the wide readership it has amply earned.”
Martin Duberman, professor of history emeritus at the Graduate School of the City University of New York
Men and women should read Angry White Men. Women will gain insights into the sources of male anger and men will learn that increasing gender equality does not pose a threat to their masculinity. Rather, in this rapidly changing society, Kimmel believes that women and men will be able to lead more satisfying lives.”
Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont, author of The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family and Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead
In this timely book, Kimmel shows us that in these times, even those who have historically been powerful and dominant are becoming victims as they find themselves slipping between the cracks and falling behind. Kimmel has his finger on the pulse of their anger and by revealing their fears and growing desperation, he reminds us that their problems are ours as well.”
Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University
About the Author
Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. An author or editor of more than twenty books, including Manhood in America, The Gendered Society, The History of Men, and Guyland, he lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
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It's a great book. It is well written, thoroughly researched, incredibly informative, and I came across it just in the nick of time. I was getting frustrated with the countless droves of men that seem to have made it their mission in life to spend their days on the internet, typing furiously at their keyboards about the "evils of feminism" and about how "oppressed" the male sex is now "because of the feminists!" . Men going to forums and spreading their misogyny around, swapping false and misinterpreted statistics, trying to make claims about how women are "the primary perpetrators of domestic violence!" and that "40% of all cases of rape reported by females are lies!" and that "women rape men the same amount, if not more than men rape women!". It seems like any time I enter a space on the internet where a female centered discussion is occurring, either about rape, domestic abuse, sexual harassment etc....there are men that immediately show up, and they try try to tell me about this apparent "epidemic" of female rapists and women that mercilessly beat their husbands. Instead of these men actually listening, they have made it their mission to accuse women of being liars about sexual assault or rape, and paint men as the victims of tyrannical females.
SO. I decided to try and find a book that discussed these men, particularly the "men's right's movement" or "MRM". This book gave me exactly what I was hoping to find. I wanted answers, and I think this book gave me many. It talks a lot about masculinity, privilege, our culture of violence, and the economic/ social changes that are rapidly occurring in our society today. The book discusses school shooters, the fathers rights movement, the MRM, domestic violence statistics, the working man, etc.
If you're interested in topics about violence, gender issues, oppression/privilege, masculinity, feminism, etc....I suggest you read this book. Sure, if you're a male, and white, and angry.....you probably won't like this book, but, maybe you won't like it because it is actually holding up a mirror, and you don't like what you see?
I find the negative reviews to be rather interesting, as many of them seem to agree that they are angry white men, and even agree with the author on some of the reasons for it, but I guess they don't like having it put out in the light of day by a liberal, Jewish, feminist male, New York sociology professor. In many places throughout the book, he states that these men have every right to be angry-- it's just that they're often taking out their anger on the wrong targets. It's unlikely that this book will change the mindset of any of those men (or the women who support them), but it offers a glimpse to the rest of us as to why these men are so angry, where they're coming from, and even some of the consequences of ignoring and/or not identifying them.
I feel that I've been given a greater understanding of angry white men in general, though of course individuals will vary, and I think that can only be helpful in finding a way to communicate and compromise.
This book is a fascinating look at a segment of white male American culture. I think the author hit a cord with a social segment of our population that is not discussed. A hard look at white America, the ruling class that feels entitled to the American dream and to power, and angry because it is under attack and feel powerless in a changing society. This white anger from aggrieved entitlement, contributes to racism and violence far beyond any other social/ethnic or racial group in this country. His analysis and conclusions are well thought out and presents an interesting perspective. His observation that gun violence, especially mass shootings is a white male phenomenon was very interesting.
But I give it three stars because I wasn't sure what was fact and what was opinion. As an academic, he did not explain how he came to his conclusions. What studies or research did he personally conduct? What peer review paper did he publish? I would have liked to know who are these angry white men? What is their demographic? What percent of the population? There were very little facts to support grand observations and conclusions. Also the book is under footnoted, he would say things like "A survey in the Washington post said" or "Some surveys say" or quote numbers and no footnote.
Although on one hand I think he hit a truism, I have reluctance in discussing this book with others without more facts. This book seems driven by observation, opinion, selected facts and and a overall social science approach of observation rather than scientific research. Yet I feel like he had something really important to say.
Some men, like the misogynist Donald Trump Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, still believe that stereotyping women (like what he did with Megyn Kelly when he mentioned her menstruation in an interview) and denigrating them (like what he did with Hillary Clinton when he compared her with a barking dog in his ads) is the right way to go!
Just because such manipulators have money and power in their hands, they strike hard to stop those beautiful, intelligent and influential women from gaining control on the same resources in society they assume to be their own!
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