By John Pettegrew
Are males actually predisposed to violence and aggression? Is it the organic destiny of men to fight for domination over ladies and vie opposed to each other without end? those and similar queries have lengthy vexed philosophers, social scientists, and different scholars of human habit. In Brutes in fits, historian John Pettegrew examines theoretical writings and cultural traditions within the usa to discover that, Darwinian arguments on the contrary, masculine aggression may be interpreted as a latest process for taking strength. Drawing principles from diverse and from time to time likely contradictory resources, Pettegrew argues that regularly held ideals approximately masculinity constructed principally via language and cultural behavior -- and that those related instruments might be hired to wreck during the fantasy that brutishness is an inherently male trait.A significant re-synthesis of past due 19th- and early twentieth-century manhood, Brutes in fits develops bold traces of study into the social technological know-how of sexual distinction history's social gathering of rugged individualism; the hunting-and-killing style of renowned men's literature; that grasp textual content of hypermasculinity: collage soccer; army tradition, battle making, and discovering excitement in killing; and patriarchy, sexual jealousy, and the legislations. This well timed evaluate of the evolution of masculine tradition may be welcomed and debated via social and highbrow historians for years yet to come.
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As the Daughters of the American Revolution Madonna of the Trail statue illustrates (ﬁg. 1), western women drew from the pioneer tradition in adapting rugged individualism: portrayed in midstride, the ﬁgure is mobile and undoubtedly headed westward; with riﬂe at her side, she is also deadly; and given her husky stature and determined expression, “Madonna” is self-reliant, although not solitary, as two young children clutch at her dress. In somewhat complicated fashion, while attending to feminist adoption of individualism, this chapter works from the premise that the discourse of individualism, and the American character studies that have driven it, is largely an ethnocentric idealization of manhood, even though it seldom rejects women outright.
Middle-class consciousness. He popularized the frontier thesis through countless commencement addresses and other public speeches, through numerous articles in middle-brow magazines and journals, and, most effectively, during thirty-ﬁve years of college teaching. With research in his University of Wisconsin and Harvard students’ class notes, among other material, I attend to the extension of Turner’s thesis from one generation to the next. In this regard, we should understand Turner less as the originary source of any one idea—the frontier as crucible for American exceptionalism certainly had its antecedents, for instance—and more as a multivalent ﬁgure bridging nineteenth- and twentieth-century naturalist thought, romantic literature and social science, culture and biology, and academic scholarship and popular understandings of the past.
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Brutes in Suits: Male Sensibility in America, 1890--1920 (Gender Relations in the American Experience) by John Pettegrew