Southern Masculinity : Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction

TitleSouthern Masculinity : Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsFriend, Craig
PublisherThe University of Georgia Press
CityAthens
Abstract

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. [AMAZON]

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