Recent Submissions

  • Foucault, Michel 

    Bryson, Dennis R. (Springer, 2012)
  • Crisis of Masculinity 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    It was during the late 1960s that historians first developed the notion of a “crisis of masculinity” to describe the nervous concerns that middle-class men had regarding masculinity and the male body during the late ...
  • Democratic Manhood 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Between 1815 and the 1840s, a concept of democratic manhood emerged in the United States, marking a conscious rejection of European (especially British) notions of ascribed social status. Strongly associated with Democratic ...
  • Cult of Domesticity 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The “cult of domesticity” was first explored as a historical phenomenon in antebellum U.S. society by Barbara Welter, who wrote in 1966 of a “cult of true womanhood,” though the phrase itself was coined by the historian ...
  • Confidence Man 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The confidence man—a man who takes advantage of people by gaining their confidence, convincing them to trust him with their possessions, and then stealing those possessions— was a male archetype of Victorian middle-class ...
  • Whiteness 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Throughout U.S. history, whiteness as a marker of racial identity, like masculinity as a gender identity, has often been associated with power, dominance, and the marginalization (and sometimes oppression) of others. Both ...
  • Vietnam War 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (1965–73) reflected and shaped American articulations of masculinity. Because the figure of the male soldier has long been an icon of both national and masculine identity in America, the ...
  • Class 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The economic and social transformations engendered by industrialization, urbanization, and the emergence of a market economy in the nineteenth century led to processes of class formation, class difference, and class identity ...
  • Cold War 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The Cold War, which began after World War II and lasted through the 1980s, was a geopolitical rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union grounded in an ideological rivalry between capitalism and communism. The ...
  • Urbanization 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Urbanization has changed constructions of manliness in U.S. society since the 1830s, when the nation experienced its first surge of urban expansion. Urbanization (the growth of cities and the built environment) has affected ...
  • Victorian Era 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The Victorian Era (1837–1901) is the period in history during which Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain. This includes both British and American cultural history from the 1830s to the end of the nineteenth century, ...
  • Thoreau, Henry David 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Henry David Thoreau shared with Ralph Waldo Emerson and other transcendentalists an ideal of manhood grounded in scholarly activity, self-awareness, and self-reliance. More radical in his advocacy of dissent, Thoreau ...
  • Tarzan 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Created by the author Edgar Rice Burroughs the fictional character Tarzan was born Lord Greystoke, a member of an aristocratic British family. Stranded in the African jungle as a small child, Tarzan is found and raised by ...
  • Strenuous Life 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Emerging out of the historical context of western expansion in the 1840s, the ideal of a “strenuous life” was initially articulated in opposition to the humanitarian idealism of antebellum reform movements. In the aftermath ...
  • Spanish-American War 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The Spanish-American War, fought in 1898 between the United States and Spain over interests in Cuba, was triggered by an alleged Spanish attack on the U.S. battleship Maine. The war occurred during the Gilded Age (1873–1900), ...
  • Social Gospel 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The Social Gospel movement, led largely by male ministers, emerged in American Protestant churches in the 1880s. The movement sought to redefine the spiritual and socioeconomic dimensions of manhood and the gospel of Christ ...
  • Sentimentalism 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    A central part of Victorian middle-class culture from about 1830 to the 1870s, sentimentalism shaped cultural constructions of gender by prescribing types of bodily conduct, including speech, posture, gestures, dress, and ...
  • Success Manuals 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    The ideal of success has been a pervasive theme in American life, and prescriptions for achieving success have assumed a wide range of cultural forms. One of these has been the success manual, which experienced its greatest ...
  • Professionalism 

    Winter, Thomas (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2004)
    Ideals of professionalism, like those of work more generally, have often been articulated in conjunction with notions of manliness, at least since what are commonly called “the professions” (law, medicine, and the ministry) ...

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