Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction by Benjamin WiseSouthern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction by Benjamin Wise

Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction

Contribution byBenjamin Wise

Paperback | February 15, 2009

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The follow-up to the critically acclaimed collection Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia, 2004), Southern Masculinity explores the contours of southern male identity from Reconstruction to the present. Twelve case studies document the changing definitions of southern masculine identity as understood in conjunction with identities based on race, gender, age, sexuality, and geography.

After the Civil War, southern men crafted notions of manhood in opposition to northern ideals of masculinity and as counterpoint to southern womanhood. At the same time, manliness in the South-as understood by individuals and within communities-retained and transformed antebellum conceptions of honor and mastery. This collection examines masculinity with respect to Reconstruction, the New South, racism, southern womanhood, the Sunbelt, gay rights, and the rise of the Christian Right. Familiar figures such as Arthur Ashe are investigated from fresh angles, while other essays plumb new areas such as the womanless wedding and Cherokee masculinity.

Craig Thompson Friend is an associate professor of history and Director of Public History at North Carolina State University. He is coeditor of Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia).
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Title:Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since ReconstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820332321

ISBN - 13:9780820332321

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It offers the accessibility needed for students while providing the depth of insight and intriguing lines of study for more senior scholars. Southern Masculinity should be on the shelf of those hoping to understand the many styles of manhood in the American South.

- Southern Historian