Subject Area: Men's Studies

Alarming Relation Between Early School Leaving and Crime: A Case Study of Twelve Male School Drop-Outs Who Ended Up Behind Bars
2012 0-7734-2661-2
Smale and Gounko study twelve men who dropped out of school early, and wound up in juvenile delinquency. While many studies have suggested a link between early school leaving and delinquency nobody has done a study from the perspective of the criminals using dissimilar populations. The directional causality between criminal behavior and dropping out of school has yet to be established, and this study brings researchers one step closer to fully understanding which one happens first. The authors outline a long list of factors that contribute to early school leaving, and they insist that educators can play a role in impacting the in school environment to create positive outcomes for students on the fence about dropping out.

Boyishness in American Culture the Charms and Dangers of Social Immaturity
1991 0-88946-793-5
Examines the charms and, more closely, the dangers of boyishness in American culture. Argues the paradox of American culture by drawing from the allied disciplines of literature, history, and psychology, from sources as venerable as the classic texts of our civilization and as current as today's headlines. In the words of one journalist, "our dreamy, drifting culture throws off dangerous, drifting dreamers," the kind of men who shoot our presidents, of course, yet also the kind of men who sometimes become president.

Christian Warrior in the Twentieth Century
1995 0-7734-9034-5
This study traces the long evolution of the male military-heroic tradition of the West and its reinvigoration by Christian theology and ecclesiology. It shows how this heroic tradition lies behind notions of national and gender identity, and how, with the shared symbolism of war remembrance and war memorials, this century comes to an end in an elaboration of a common, sacralised bellicognisant Eurochristian culture. It concludes with an analysis of the working out of this culture in debates about 'War Crimes', masculine concepts of 'Duty' and a war (The Gulf War) on Eurochristianity's frontier with Islam.

Creating a New Ideal of Masculinity for American Men
2008 0-7734-5204-4
This work examines the male characters presented in each of the following works: Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1850), Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall (1855), Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig (1859), and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). These sentimental women authors presented masculine ideals in their literature and have played an important role in the construction of gender in America.

Daily Life of an Ordinary American Soldier During World War 2. The Letters of Wilbur C. Berget
2008 0-7734-4918-3
Written between 1941 and 1945, these personal, detailed letters serve as an important resource for World War II historians by illuminating the lives of ordinary soldiers.

Depiction of Irish Masculinity in Neo-Expressionist Painting
2011 0-7734-3733-9
This study examines Irish artistic production and generates a debate on how the painters' collective artistic intentions transcend national borders to engage with the wider debate concerning male subjectivity and masculine representation within a sexual political arena where patriarchal attitudes and assumptions are questioned.

Includes 40 color reproductions of paintings by Brian Maguire, Patrick Graham, and Michael Mulcahy.

Harold Frederic's Social Drama and the Crisis of 1890's Evangelical Protestant Culture
2013 0-7734-4530-7
The books written by Harold Frederic depict a self-made, properly Protestant American. Yet, in some of his books in particular The Damnation of Theron Ware, Frederic depicts self-made women, and challenges the idea that only men can attain culturally-defined success. The works offer an inversion of late 19th century gender-based expectations.

How Irish Women Writers Portray Masculinity
2006 0-7734-5558-2
The roles of men and women in Ireland have changed a great deal in the last fifty years and many of these changes can be attributed to the dual influence of the Irish Women’s Movement and Ireland’s inclusion in the European Community/Union. While these two influences affected many rapid legal changes toward equality for women and men in Ireland, Irish society has been slow to reflect these shifts. The novels examined in this book reflect the gap between these legal and societal changes.

Impact of Militarism and Social Mobility on the Construction of Masculinity in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
2007 0-7734-5390-3
This book examines the relationship between the military changes described in military manuals published in the latter half of the sixteenth-century and the portrayals of warfare and men who practice war in selected plays of Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson. The study argues that the sweeping technological and social changes that were part of the military revolution of the sixteenth century contribute to the negotiations of masculinity identified by many critics as a central concern of these plays, and that the effects of the military revolution of Elizabethan England were felt far beyond the confines of practice fields and military texts.

Japanese Male Professors on American College Campuses: A Comparative Study of Conflict Management
2012 0-7734-2903-4
Using statistical analysis the book shows how male Japanese professors in American colleges handle themselves in the classroom. The study is based on surveys. It shows that the length of stay in America impacts the way male Japanese professors resolve conflict. There is also a lengthy comparison between female and male professors.

Letters to Mr. Urban of the Gentleman's Magazine, 1751-1811
1997 0-7734-8427-2
Gentleman's Magazine, begun in 1731, soon featured a section devoted to letters from various correspondents on many subjects, from all parts of Britain and abroad. Many of the letter-writers were clergymen, many were antiquaries. Some accompanied their letters with drawings, inscriptions, and sketches. There was virtually no subject left untouched, and there is information of one kind or another, neglected by scholars in many branches of learning. Readers of this volume will find biographical information, literary criticism, Shakespeare criticism, theatrical data, and bibliographic material. Table of Contents: Richard Greene, Curator of His Own Museum; William Bickerstaffe, An Active Curate; Theophilus Lobb, Pii hominis; Samuel Watson, Another Quiet Life; Thomas Holt White, Brother of Gilbert White of Selborne; John Kynaston, A Neglected Shakespearean; Joseph Boerhadem, Old-Fashined Clergyman; The Reverend Mr. Samuel Badcock, Reviewer for the Monthly Review; H. N., Unidentified Scholar; Samuel Ayscough of the British Museum, Prince of Index-Makers; Henry Lemoine, Hack of all Trades; John Elderton, Chaplain to the Earl of Cork and Orrery

Male Protagonists in Four Novels of Alice Walker
2007 0-7734-5571-X
This book examines the way in which major male characters, through their violent, abusive, sadistic or reformed behavior, contribute to either the destruction of development of female protagonists in four of Alice Walker’s early novels: The Third life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Color Purple, and The Temple of My Familiar. These men are capable of both good and evil, and in all four novels the major male characters experience enlightenment and eventually contribute to the development of the female protagonists in the novels. Further, the book examines some reasons why African-American men may be abusive to women of similar racial descent, also showing how African-American men, like those in these novels, may be able to transcend these negative causes and contribute to wholesome and profitable relationships with both women and other males.

Male's Midlife Rite of Passage
2006 0-7734-5773-9
This book dramatizes the well-known rite de passage of anthropology, while addressing this famous male transition as it occurs in three midlife western intellectuals. In each instance, the main character – a midlife male – is unexpectedly caught up in sharply threatening circumstances, pushed to his extremity, and left wiser. In one case, the protagonist is victim of a hostage taking, as he is sauntering down the street on his vacation in Algiers; in another, the main figure is caught up in an international drug operation, while he is innocently sleeping on a Greek beach; in the third situation, the anti-hero is the victim of the theft of his laptop (and ultimately his identity), and must traipse from country to country in search of what he has lost. The learning Western society no longer exacts by teen-age rituals is now exacted at a later age, by force of circumstance; and in each case, the beard of experience slowly forms.

Male-Female Relations in the Literary Maghreb: Poetics and Politics of Violence and Liberation in Francophone North African Literature by Tahar Ben Jelloun
2011 0-7734-1488-6
This book is a study of male-female relations in two acclaimed novels by contemporary Maghrebi Francophone author and French intellectual, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The problematic of male-female relations in the Maghreb, especially as represented by Tahar Ben Jelloun--with its extensive and overarching implications and possibilities within and beyond the realm of literary enquiry--has not received due scholarly and critical attention up until now. This study responds to the need for a holistic understanding of these male-female relations.

The first chapter of this volume presents the author and his oeuvre, situating him as a socially oriented, committed writer and includes a survey of the previous scholarship in the field of Ben Jelloun studies. The second chapter, dealing with theoretical and methodological issues, articulates the sociological perspectives informing this literary study. It includes an overview of the Moroccan sociocultural setting, evokes the subordination of the female and the sexualized ambiguity towards the female in traditional Moroccan/Arab/Muslim society, and introduces the notion of power which is seen by feminists and sociologists alike as central to the question of male-female relations. The third and the fourth chapters are devoted to the analysis of the two acclaimed works chosen as the focus of this study, L’Homme rompu and a Nuit de l’erreur respectively. Proceeding beyond the premise that the issue of male-female relations in the Arab-Islamic world cannot be separated from the question of the status of the female, the analysis addresses the subordination/victimization of the female that is encoded in the two texts as well as the conflict between the male and the female that they depict. The readings of the two chosen works, involving an analysis of power at the macrolevel as well as the microlevel of social relations, uncover and elaborate a portrait of the subordination/victimization of the female and of her subversive powers that brings to light the nature of male-female relations in the novels. The fifth chapter includes inferences based on the analysis of power at the macro and micro levels in the two preceding chapters. Synthesizing the analysis in terms of the narrative development within the novels, it proceeds to discuss the deleterious consequences of the conflictual male-female dynamic on the male subject in particular. The chapter also decodes the optimism that emerges in the conclusions of these two novels and explains how Ben Jelloun posits Sufism, a thread within Islam, as a model within which egalitarian and emancipatory male and female identities may emerge and within which a new paradigm of male-female social relations may be constituted.

This volume makes a solid and timely contribution to the field of Francophone literature in general and Ben Jelloun studies in particular. Presenting original analysis and rooted in extensive research, it fulfills a major need in the discipline. As a literary study with solid sociological underpinnings it will provide researchers and scholars, as well as lay readers, a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s writing in terms of content, ideology, and style, in addition to a better understanding of the Maghreb and of Muslim cultures and societies in our present times.

Male-Female Relations in the Literary Maghreb: Poetics and Politics of Violence and Liberation in Francophone North African Literature by Tahar Ben Jelloun
2011 0-7734-1488-6
This book is a study of male-female relations in two acclaimed novels by contemporary Maghrebi Francophone author and French intellectual, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The problematic of male-female relations in the Maghreb, especially as represented by Tahar Ben Jelloun--with its extensive and overarching implications and possibilities within and beyond the realm of literary enquiry--has not received due scholarly and critical attention up until now. This study responds to the need for a holistic understanding of these male-female relations.

This volume makes a solid and timely contribution to the field of Francophone literature in general and Ben Jelloun studies in particular. Presenting original analysis and rooted in extensive research, it fulfills a major need in the discipline. As a literary study with solid sociological underpinnings it will provide researchers and scholars, as well as lay readers, a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s writing in terms of content, ideology, and style, in addition to a better understanding of the Maghreb and of Muslim cultures and societies in our present times.

Militia
1992 0-7734-9553-3
This is a succinct comparative study of civilian militias, covering a vast amount of material frequently overlooked in conventional military history. Not only examines American, European, Asian, and Middle East militias, but also discusses the traditions of political thinking about the role of citizen soldiers as distinct from professional or mercenary military class.

Somebody's Brother a History of the Salvation Army Men's Social Service Department, 1891-1985
1986 0-88946-665-3
Covers the first century of the Men's Social Service Department's existence. Includes a useful bibliography of materials in the Salvation Army archives.

Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance: An Empirical Study of Male Identities in Western Theatrical Dance Training
2009 0-7734-4661-3
This study investigates the competitive world of pre-professional Western concert dance training and education in the U.S. as experienced and lived by boys and young men, an under-represented population in the field. This work examines the discourses of professional dance preparation through theoretical and narrative approaches that combine to illuminate the highly gendered professional dance world as evidenced through the minds and bodies of male adolescents and young adults.

Valor of Male and Female Warriors Around the World
2006 0-7734-5927-8
This book examines human courage and cowardice in combat in many parts of the world in recent times and in the distant past. The result is an introduction to an essential attribute of humanity – the quest for self-respect and the respect of others. The first chapter examines the role of women in war, from the earliest days to the present time. It presents a detailed review of the “Amazons,” women warriors of West Africa. Chapter Two reviews warfare in Africa, particularly the shocking Zulu defeat of British regular troops in 1879. The next chapters discuss the “Charge of the Light Brigade” during the Crimean War, the epic battle of the Alamo, the War of 1812, the battle of Waterloo and the American Civil War, the Vietnam War, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Inca, and chapter eight reviews combat in India and Tibet. The final chapter looks at warfare in the world’s many small societies.

Voices of Successful African American Men
2004 0-7734-6349-6
Perceptions of African American men are too often founded on the limited and negative history of slavery and the Trans Atlantic slave trade in America. This work is founded on perceptions of African American men in their native country of Africa. Historical writers such as Cheikh Anta Diop, John G. Jackson write of the thriving, robust civilizations and kingdoms of Africa before European colonization. They chronicle the African man in his native country of Africa, successfully and spiritually caring for himself, his family, and his community; letting his voice be heard with dignity and integrity. These are the same types of men that Moore’s research explores in an effort to examine the factors that have been the cornerstone for their success as they function in an oftentimes racist, Eurocentric society. This book details the participatory research approach in which the author engages five successful African-American men in dialogue to explore their reflections on those factors that have contributed to their present success. Moore’s participatory research study chronicles 5 African American men who have successfully and spiritually cared for themselves, their family, and their community; letting their voice be heard with dignity and integrity. These men are but the tip of a social and cultural iceberg, exemplifying the majority of African American men. Their stories, not the mass media stereotypes of the African American man, are the true story of African American men. Moore’s critical work is additional research that adds to the body of knowledge that presents an authentic and realistic view of the African American man.

Why Donor Insemination Requires Developments in Family Law
2007 0-7734-5257-5
This book examines the legal framework and practices surrounding licensed donor insemination in Britain at the end of the twentieth-century, together with a detailed consideration of the legislative and policy based changes in the early years of the twenty-first century. Drawing on interviews with single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples, this analysis focuses on the practical effects of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 for women and men who had sought access to and used this procedure. This qualitative study explores the complexities and significance of the legal construction of parenthood and ‘the family’, together with the (re)configurations of biogenetic ties in the context of families with children conceived through donor insemination. ‘The family’ is, and remains, a powerful normalising presence negotiated by subjects seeking to make sense of ‘assisted’ kinship. Nevertheless, as this study shows, the multiple ways of being or doing ‘the family’ suggests it does not embody an essential truth.

Work-Famly Debate in Popular Culture: Can Women and Men Have It All?
2015 0-7734-3529-8
An insightful examination of gender roles in the workplace and how the competing demands of family-work life can be balanced. As a pop culture starting point, the study begins with an examination of the ensuing media frenzy and passionate discussions resulting from the Atlantic Magazine cover story, “Why Women Can’t Have it All” by former Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter and widens its scope into popular films and television.