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No man's land : men's changing commitments to family and work / Kathleen Gerson.

By: Gerson, Kathleen.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, c1993Description: xvi, 366 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0465063160; 9780465063161; 0465051200; 9780465051205.Subject(s): Men -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Men -- United States -- Social conditions | Sex role -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: An's land.DDC classification: 305.32/0973 LOC classification: HQ1090.3 | .G47 1993Other classification: 71.32 Also issued online.
Contents:
I: Men's quiet revolution -- The changing contours of American manhood -- II: Paths of change -- The child and the man -- Turning toward breadwinning -- Turning toward autonomy -- Turning toward family involvement -- Dilemmas of breadwinning and autonomy -- Dilemmas of involved fatherhood -- III: The causes and consequences of change -- The myth of masculinity -- Men and the politics of gender.
Review: "Men, like women, are finding it increasingly difficult to "have it all." How are they responding to the new realities of our time - the cataclysmic changes caused by the women's movement and by diminished economic opportunities? Here is the first authoritative, in-depth answer. Based on a unique series of life-history interviews, this pathbreaking book lets men tell in their own words the varied ways in which, for better or for worse, they are reassessing their commitments to family and work." "Today there is no longer a single, unambiguous road to manhood. But why do men choose one path over another? Why do some still choose to become traditional breadwinners, while others flee the responsibilities of parenthood altogether, and still others become significantly more involved in family life than earlier generations of men? What does it mean to be a man in a world where women are almost as likely as men to shoulder the responsibilities of supporting a family? And how can we as individuals and as a society encourage progressive trends?".Summary: "Unlike other books that focus on the differences between men and women, this book explains the variations among men - and perceives signs of positive change. Drawing on scores of interviews with men from diverse social backgrounds and walks of life, No Man's Land presents a richly nuanced picture of the varied ways in which men are reassessing their commitments to work and family life. While most discussions of men's lives focus on their power and privilege, this book also examines men's dilemmas and constraints. Even though men as a group possess disproportionate power, as individuals many do not feel powerful. This book shows not only how men assemble and protect their prerogatives, but also how they are coping with unprecedented assaults on privileges once taken for granted. Kathleen Gerson examines how men perceive, construct, and justify their options, even in those cases when the choices appear self-serving or implausible. The result is a book that helps us respond more meaningfully, both as a society and as individual men and women, to an unfinished revolution."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-355) and index.

I: Men's quiet revolution -- The changing contours of American manhood -- II: Paths of change -- The child and the man -- Turning toward breadwinning -- Turning toward autonomy -- Turning toward family involvement -- Dilemmas of breadwinning and autonomy -- Dilemmas of involved fatherhood -- III: The causes and consequences of change -- The myth of masculinity -- Men and the politics of gender.

Also issued online.

"Men, like women, are finding it increasingly difficult to "have it all." How are they responding to the new realities of our time - the cataclysmic changes caused by the women's movement and by diminished economic opportunities? Here is the first authoritative, in-depth answer. Based on a unique series of life-history interviews, this pathbreaking book lets men tell in their own words the varied ways in which, for better or for worse, they are reassessing their commitments to family and work." "Today there is no longer a single, unambiguous road to manhood. But why do men choose one path over another? Why do some still choose to become traditional breadwinners, while others flee the responsibilities of parenthood altogether, and still others become significantly more involved in family life than earlier generations of men? What does it mean to be a man in a world where women are almost as likely as men to shoulder the responsibilities of supporting a family? And how can we as individuals and as a society encourage progressive trends?".

"Unlike other books that focus on the differences between men and women, this book explains the variations among men - and perceives signs of positive change. Drawing on scores of interviews with men from diverse social backgrounds and walks of life, No Man's Land presents a richly nuanced picture of the varied ways in which men are reassessing their commitments to work and family life. While most discussions of men's lives focus on their power and privilege, this book also examines men's dilemmas and constraints. Even though men as a group possess disproportionate power, as individuals many do not feel powerful. This book shows not only how men assemble and protect their prerogatives, but also how they are coping with unprecedented assaults on privileges once taken for granted. Kathleen Gerson examines how men perceive, construct, and justify their options, even in those cases when the choices appear self-serving or implausible. The result is a book that helps us respond more meaningfully, both as a society and as individual men and women, to an unfinished revolution."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

Gerson offers a timely examination of the new roles of men, in light of the changes in the home and workplace since the advent of the women's movement. In the last 30 to 40 years, she points out, the models of men as breadwinners and women as homemakers have become obsolete. Further, women pressed for these changes, and the effects of these changes upon their champions are reported in many studies. However, the same changes have also affected men, notably in the way they think of themselves and assume their roles in society. Gerson asserts that while women's goals are varied but still clearly defined, men's goals have become cloudy and obscure. She concludes by examining how men must make choices in the way they define themselves and their masculinity in order to keep pace with changes in society. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-- Lisa J. Cochenet, Rhinelander Dist. Lib., Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

There has been a good deal of research on the impact of the feminist movement on the values, attitudes, and behavior of women. Its impact on men is less well known and understood. Gerson's study is a serious effort to add to the research in this area. Her work is based on in-depth interviews of both white-collar and blue-collar males. Although Gerson's sample is limited (138 completed interviews) she was able to identify six "paths of change." These focus on traditional "breadwinner roles," "autonomous roles," "family involvement," "involved fatherhood," and some combinations of these. Gerson links changes in the economy with the feminist movement, pointing out, for example, that the two-income household in some cases is more a matter of necessity than of choice. What is striking is that there is no consideration of independent variables that would help predict which of the paths men would take. Gerson relies heavily on quotations from the interviews, but some careful editing could have reduced their frequency without losing the quality of the analysis. Nevertheless, the book makes an important contribution to understanding how the social changes that have reordered gender relations have altered the lives of men. Advanced undergraduates and above. J. R. Hudson; Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

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