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Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era (edició 2017)

de Michael Kimmel (Autor)

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"One of the enduring images from the 2012 presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. Bellowing white men fill the talk-radio airwaves. Why are they so angry? Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of these angry white men-from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students-in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel proposes a theory of aggrieved entitlement: a sense that the benefits to which white men long believed themselves entitled have been snatched from them. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political, and economic gender gap, twinned with an ideology of masculinity that makes America's white men feel empty and alone. Although they have been facing years of underemployment and wage stagnation, mainstream American discourse rarely discuss class issues. So when America's white men feel they've lived their lives the "right" way-worked hard-and still do not get the rewards to which they believe they are entitled, then they have to blame somebody else. Anybody else"--"Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of angry white American men--from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students--to try to determine why they are so angry. Kimmel proposes a theory of aggrieved entitlement: a sense that the benefits to which white men long believed themselves entitled have been snatched from them. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political, and economic gender gap, twinned with an ideology of masculinity that makes America's white men feel empty and alone"--… (més)
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Títol:Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era
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Interviewed the author. Fascinating take on Trump's supporters ( )
  robkall | Jan 3, 2019 |
Reading this book a few years on, I tended to wonder what it would look like if he wrote it now. Many of the things he says in this work that speak to the future are wrong...very wrong. He failed to anticipate the stunning success of the Angry White Men at electing one of their own to the White House, and the Nazis, misogynists, and white supremacists rampaging through the country as though it belonged to them and no one else. Still, the historical work is great, though there are places where he might have pointed out some of the totally untrue things these guys think, rather than just noting that they think untrue things - such as the constant refrain of white men building everything in this country all by themselves. My main complaint with the book is the extreme level of sympathy that the author shows to some of the most hateful people in the universe. Perhaps it's easier when you yourself are white and male (though this group also despises Jews); for a lot of us, the wounds we still wear from their misplaced anger make it very difficult for us to sympathize with their perceived wounds. Overall, though, a quick read, though it would be hard to say it is "easy". The writing is lucid and competent, but easy is not a word one can apply to immersing oneself in this culture for a few hours. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 3, 2018 |
Timely book but didn't go deep enough. I've had this book in my to read list for years but never got around to it until I realized it was available at the library. Sadly it remains a timely, relevant read and so it seemed like now would be a good time as any to give it a go and see what it has to tell the reader.
 
The title is basically what it contains. Author Kimmel looks at white men in the United States and looks at why they are angry. They range from mass shooters at schools to Men's Rights Activists to disenfranchised men who have been unable to advance in their careers due to changes in the economy, technology, wage stagnation, etc. With women entering the work force, the election (and re-election) of the first black President of the Unite States, general demographic changes and shifts, etc. Kimmel looks at the how and why of the anger.
 
It was an interesting book but I agree with a lot of the negative reviews. The author can be quite repetitive. In some ways the book really doesn't go far enough. He seemed to focus on men who hold conservative political views but really could have done more with liberal/left/progressive/Democratic men. President Obama is mentioned periodically but the book flap specifically mentions his 2012 re-election victory and this book was first published in 2013--it would have been nice to have seen more about the rise of the Tea Party and an expansion on his point about people voting for Obama as a "sign" racism was over. Domestic/romantic violence is mentioned but there doesn't seem to be any regarding the LGBTQ community.
 
That said, I did learn bits and pieces, such as stuff on MRAs. I found his discussion of why people kept moving west as a sign of "failure" (staying back east meant one was successful but moving further out west and eventually to California and Alaska was a way to start over in the hopes that success would come) quite interesting. This point could have been expanded, especially when thinking about the travel abroad/expat experiences--some deliberately travel to particular countries/areas abroad that are poorer or more willing to cater to a male US expat, etc.  
 
It's not a bad book (and I understand a second edition has been released as of this review) but I felt I already knew much of this from other sources. I had been curious to know what a white man would have to say all about this but he doesn't add much then hasn't already been covered in recent journalism or books like Carol Anderson's 'White Rage'.
 
I'd definitely borrow this from the library. The version I have is the first edition so perhaps the more recently updated one might be more informative for the reader.
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Michael Kimmel’s Angry White Men is a work of sociology, focusing on the emergent public hostility in white, male masculinity in the twenty-first century. Kimmel’s analysis focuses on what he calls “aggrieved entitlement,” that the anger of white men has come from “[a] sense that those benefits to which to which [they] were entitled have been snatched away…by unseen forces larger and more powerful [than oneself].” Kimmel posits white rage as a product of this aggrieved entitlement, derived from an environment of increasing social equality, and diminishing economic prosperity, though Kimmel insinuates that a great deal of white rage comes from manipulation from [conservative] media and social networking. Kimmel’s revised 2017 edition of Angry White Men, though written prior to President Trump’s election, is easily and often viewed as a product of working white rage, features a number of reaffirmed theses, such as population being an emotion rather than an ideology, white male anger being directed against the institutions that have a chance at helping them, and the idea that there is a kernel of truth to some of their sentiments. Kimmel’s work also covers a variety of topics, devoting chapters to school shootings, men’s rights, divorced fatherhood, antifeminism, and anger-inspired actions of working men.

Kimmel is definitely writing to a very specific audience—one that apparently requires the rejection of academia; Kimmel is writing more for popular knowledge than he is for academic use as or in research. His writings style is conversational and colloquial, and though he uses a number of noted sources, they aren’t explicitly paraphrased or defined: the endnotes (some of which are not properly cited, see note 27 on page 292, which is just a url) are more-or-less used as backings or assurances of him having done research, rather than citations of evidence from credible sources. Furthermore, Kimmel has some problems dealing with his own research as well. While he calls his interviews with white men as “the basis of the research,” he infrequently cites these interviews. When he does bring attention to his own work, Kimmel does it forthright in the narrative, rather than alluding or paraphrasing conversations to support his claims. With so few apparent citations of his own work, one must ask how many interviews did he conduct, and why not bring the reader’s attention to your research? On top of this, Kimmel states in the introduction that he actively chose not to record a conversation with an interviewee. While this is used for dramatic effect, this subsequently calls into question Kimmel’s academic practices.

Perhaps the largest problem with Angry White Men’s choice of writing is its obvious political bias. Kimmel assumes completely that the readership of Angry White Men is an educated liberal living in a blue state, drawing a clear line between working people in flyover states and the readership. Kimmel outright refers to himself and the reader(s) in this regard, “…we northerners are used to feeling horror, revulsion, and more than a little contempt for the white South…” While the author does attempt to approach this bifurcation, “not with contempt or pity, but with empathy and compassion,” the presumption of an excluded/included readership doesn’t lead to the types of narratives that will lead to mending or understanding of this divide. Kimmel does acknowledge his own political opinions, which is a rather customary and responsible measure to take, the decisions he makes in the narrative of Angry White Men creates a feedback loop of “enlightened liberal” thought. Even the publishing decision seems to be motivated by liberalness: the New York-based publisher Nation Books describes themselves as aiming to, “constructively affect and amplify cultural and political discourse and to engender positive social change.” While the statement is fairly universal or nonpartisan, the rhetoric here is notably contemporary liberal, “engendering positive social change” being almost cliché language of social progressives.

This obvious slant is a problem that hurts the integrity of Kimmel and his writings. This is a shame, given that the book is otherwise a great synthesis of political, historical, and cultural narratives of “the forgotten American.” A lot of what Kimmel does is novel, interesting, and important, but given these problems with what could have been a great work of research, the reader is forced to question Kimmel and his thesis. ( )
  MarchingBandMan | Nov 6, 2017 |
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"One of the enduring images from the 2012 presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. Bellowing white men fill the talk-radio airwaves. Why are they so angry? Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of these angry white men-from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students-in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel proposes a theory of aggrieved entitlement: a sense that the benefits to which white men long believed themselves entitled have been snatched from them. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political, and economic gender gap, twinned with an ideology of masculinity that makes America's white men feel empty and alone. Although they have been facing years of underemployment and wage stagnation, mainstream American discourse rarely discuss class issues. So when America's white men feel they've lived their lives the "right" way-worked hard-and still do not get the rewards to which they believe they are entitled, then they have to blame somebody else. Anybody else"--"Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of angry white American men--from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students--to try to determine why they are so angry. Kimmel proposes a theory of aggrieved entitlement: a sense that the benefits to which white men long believed themselves entitled have been snatched from them. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political, and economic gender gap, twinned with an ideology of masculinity that makes America's white men feel empty and alone"--

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