Angry White Men

Angry White Men

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q[W]e can't come off as a bunch of angry white men.a€ Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party 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 Oa€™Reilly lamented that he didna€™t live in qa traditional America anymore.a€ 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 Americaa€™s angry white men - from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students -in pursuit of an answer. Angry White Men presents a comprehensive diagnosis of their fears, anxieties, and rage. 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 qaggrieved entitlementq: a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them. Angry White Men discusses, among others, the sons of small town America, scarred by underemployment and wage stagnation. When Americaa€™s white men feel theya€™ve lived their lives the 'righta€™ way - worked hard and stayed out of trouble - and still do not get economic rewards, then they have to blame somebody else. Even more terrifying is the phenomenon of angry young boys. School shootings in the United States are not just the work of qmisguided youtha€ or qtroubled teensa€--theya€™re all committed by boys. These alienated young men are transformed into mass murderers by a sense that using violence against others is their right. The future of America is more inclusive and diverse. The choice for angry white men is not whether or not they can stem the tide of history: they cannot. Their choice is whether or not they will be dragged kicking and screaming into that inevitable future, or whether they will walk openly and honorably - far happier and healthier incidentally - alongside those theya€™ve spent so long trying to exclude.Ian Ironwood, personal correspondence, January 11, 2012. 24. ... in Misframing Men(NewBrunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011). 31. ... Much ofmy analysis of theirbooks is adapted frommy essay a€œManTrouble, a€ Common Review 9, no. ... See, for example, /.

Title:Angry White Men
Author: Michael S. Kimmel
Publisher:Nation Books - 2013

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