Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (ISBN -9) is a book by Michael Kimmel, published in The book covers the. The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the prevailing social.

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Guyland as a New Stage of Development. Open Preview See a Problem? He was trying to throw in Christian baptism as another piece of evidence to support his theory about rites of passage across multiple cultures and religions.

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In fact, there were several places where he made statements about psychology but didn’t really seem to understand what he was asserting. So yay for ethnicity. Hardcoverpages. The critique of Guyland includes a laundry list of offensive behaviors and attitudes.

However, this book is not perfect, and I think that it would be easy to be turned off by the subject matter. Apr 23, Amy rated it liked it Recommended to Amy by: Throughout the book, Kimmel examines the rites of passage through which guys achieve validation from their peer group. Silence says that when another man is doing something wrong such as hazing and sexual assault, a fellow man will turn a blind eye.

One of the most eminent scholars and writers on men and masculinity and the author of the critically acclaimed Manhood in America turns his attention to the culture of guys, aged 16 to How can someone with a nine-year-old at the time of writing be that out of touch with kids’ stuff?! For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting a Guyland is an observation of the “macho” culture that pervades high school and college.

Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

And mostly in college. A hasty example slapped on to an over-broad theory.


Feb 16, Katie rated it it was ok. Guyland is an observation of the “macho” culture that pervades high school and college. Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence and adulthood? In Guyland, Kimmel describes and analyzes young American males with all the civilized horror of an eighteenth century missionary reporting on the customs and activities of naked heathen cannibals.

Eyes on the Guys. Great read focusing on young men from ages 16 to 26 and how they reach maturity or not in today’s society. Later, there’s a mention of heroines of Nickelodeon shows that includes Zoey from Zoey cancelled and Carly from iCarly a Disney show. I’d also be curious about how he’d put homonormativity in this, because I think there is a parallel there.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

It’s currently and the economic situation is crappy for everyone, including young people, not just “guys”. It’s an important topic, but this treatment is marred by a far too narrow focus upper middle class spoiled white boys and Kimmel’s completely obnoxious writing style.

Other editions – View all Guyland: Kimmel has interviewed hundreds of young men ages sixteen to twenty-six in high schools and college fraternity houses, military academies and sports bars, to better understand Guyland’s rules and restrictions, its layers of peer pressure and gender policing, its features and artifacts—from the ordinary video games, sports, and music to the extreme violent fraternity initiations, sexual predation.

As ugyland slight sidebar, he mentions the death of the solid working class job in America for causation as well. This truth may be guylajd for the population at large to swallow, but in omitting key elements from his text, Kimmel boik the groups his book could otherwise benefit: Kind of makes me wish my daughters weren’t also in the same age bracket right now!


Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men – Michael Kimmel – Google Books

I learned some things, but overall gutland lacked focus and many of the quotes seemed contrived. I also tired of his rhetorical tic of “a friend confided in me. It is a guylqnd and cultural issue, not just a guy issue.

OK, i agree that this is predominately a “sociology for the masses” book, along the lines of “pledged. However, it also seemed he shoehorned some of his arguments in to fit a point he wanted to make, such as videogames and rap allowing for males to appropriate a symbolic blackface. Why do so many of them fail to launch? But I think it starts with guys who know better within those circles standing up against really abhorrent behavior, and adults who have found that happy life, finding a way to show those kids how being a responsible adult can be completely fulfilling and not remotely emasculating.

But let’s save that for another time so I don’t wind up on a massive tangent. It’s a refreshing read. There’s also a culture of silence and intimidation that tries to shut down the conversation when anyone tries to bring it up.

Young boys act differently in front of their friends guylsnd they do their parents. There is a clear hierarchy in Guyland: What these initiations do achieve, however, is the promotion of a sense of gendered camaraderie in all-male peer groups, and, oftentimes, a derogatory attitude toward women. The aspect of the book that has left me pondering is “when and how did manhood become entirely about having sex with women” as this book seems to suggest.

Once I got further into the material though, I began to understand where the author was writing from.