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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.
©2013 Michael Kimmel (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Kimmel's writing is open and engaging, reminiscent of a conversation with friends in a bar...Another worthwhile examination of important issues affecting men and, by extension, everyone else, from an author known for his insight into the subject." ( Kirkus)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kayla on 03-20-18

Would Not Recommend

I thought the author was engaging, but ultimately provided a very narrow perspective. I thought his claims were too generalized and did not provide enough statistical backing. Though there are men that hold these absurd viewpoints, how many American men? I also thought that the author failed to address some of the other theoretical underpinnings of why events such as school shootings occur. The masculinity hypothesis was given too much emphasis when there may be other factors at play. Overall, I would not recommend this book because I think it relies too much on personal narratives rather than statistical data and fails to analyze problems from different perspectives.

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2 out of 5 stars
By John Mortimer on 07-27-17

Bloviation with largely anecdotal substantiation

My subject line says it all. The author presents this work as unbiased ... that is anything but the truth.

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