Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Kimmel
Narrator: Aaron Williamson
Genres: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Social Science
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: May 2017
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

One of the enduring legacies of the 2012 Presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. On election night, after Obama was announced the winner, a distressed Bill O'Reilly lamented that he didn't live in "a traditional America anymore." He was joined by others who bellowed their grief on the talk radio airwaves, the traditional redoubt of angry white men. Why were they so angry? Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of the leading writers on men and masculinity in the world today, has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America's angry white men in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social, and political shifts that have so transformed the American landscape. Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privilege, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement": a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them.

Author Details

Author Details

Kimmel, Michael

Michael Kimmel is one of the world's leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Manhood in America and Guyland. In addition, he is the founding editor of Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal.