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Original Proposal - Angry White Men

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Originally posted by TheChancellors » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:57 am - 19 views before being transplanted htere.

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era
Author: Michael Kimmel. 285 pages (+ endnotes). Amazon $20.33 hardback; $12.99 Kindle.

[Michael Kimmel holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York (Stony Brook) specializing in gender studies. He is the founder and editor of the academic journal “Men and Masculinities.” While serving 1992-93 as a Visiting Professor at his PhD alma mater, U/Cal-Berkeley, he was voted “Best Professor on Campus” by The Daily Californian.]

Angry White Men discusses, among others, the sons of small town America, scarred by underemployment and wage stagnation. When America’s white men feel they’ve lived their lives the ‘right’ way – worked hard and stayed out of trouble – and still do not get economic rewards, then they have to blame somebody else. Even more terrifying is the phenomenon of angry young boys. School shootings in the United States are not just the work of “misguided youth” or “troubled teens”—they’re all committed by boys. These alienated young men are transformed into mass murderers by a sense that using violence against others is their right.

Today's Angry White Men look backward, nostalgically at the world they have lost. Some organize politically to restore "their" country; some descend into madness; others lash out violently at a host of scapegoats. Theirs is a fight to restore, to reclaim more than just what they feel entitled to socially or economically -- it's also to restore their sense of manhood, to reclaim that sense of dominance and power to which they also feel entitled. They don't get mad, they want to get even -- but with whom?

The future of America is more inclusive and diverse. The choice for angry white men is not whether or not they can stem the tide of history: they cannot. Their choice is whether or not they will be dragged kicking and screaming into that inevitable future, or whether they will walk openly and honorably – far happier and healthier incidentally – alongside those they’ve spent so long trying to exclude.

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