Angry White Men

Angry White Men

American Masculinity at the End of An Era

Book - 2013
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"[W]e can't come off as a bunch of angry white men."
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 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 MichaelKimmel, 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 - 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 "aggrieved entitlement": 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 America's white men feel they've lived their lives the 'right' 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 "misguided youth" or "troubled teens"--they'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 they've spent so long trying to exclude.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781568586960
Branch Call Number: 155.3320973 Kim
Characteristics: xviii, 314 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 12, 2017

[This follows along the usual sophmoric Identity Politics meme which should be an abomination to thinking people in America, whether it is this Kimmel dude, or that anti-worker shyster, Lebowitz {the famous Youtube with this attorney advising at a forum on how not to hire Americans, only foreign visa workers}, or Aviva Chomsky, who follows the same meme, excluding labor history from US history!]
Oh lordy, more heavily sponsored Identity Politics, suggesting // entitled \\ angry white dudes are the major problem, as opposed to all those plutocratic crooks who graduate from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, et cetera.
Sure, we've been hearing nothing but white supremacist this, and white supremacist that, leading up to the election with the worst two presidential candidates imagineable, the Clintons and the Trumps!
The Southern Poverty Law Center, long pushing that // beware those hordes of white supremacists massing on the northern borders meme \\ not too long ago branded a Somilian lady activist, a human rights activist working against female genital mutilation, as an // extremist \\ ! ! !
The two individuals finally arrested for all those bomb threats phoned in to Jewish Centers around America turn out to be a demented Israeli youth, who can't vote in American elections, and a Black-American fellow, a former reporter with The Intercept, who did not vote for Trump.
Something wrong with all these // entitlement \\ memes which refuse to address the real entitlement: the // right \\ to create money in America, accorded to a select few, and the addition, or attempted addition of further money creation entitlements, with the attempt to pass carbon permit trading, which allows further money creation power to the banks and oil companies.
Always avoid the truth . . . and you will always get your book published, or receive your own TV show! [And never, ever, ever address those who create stuff, create jobs, and have had those jobs and creations stolen from them by the plutocracy - - we must not promulgate the Real News and the Real Truths in America today.]
Remember, over 170,000 factories and production centers were offshored; endless R&D scientist jobs, engineering jobs, programming and technician jobs, and academic-level research jobs, were offshored as well - - that tired // they stole my job \\ meme, meant as an attack on working people, is growing mighty stale and stinky.

Apr 10, 2017

An excellent tour de force through white men's grief over losing their entitlements, and their struggles to move forward in a world that has inexorably changed. This is not an easy book to read: their attitude toward women and others can be disheartening (and this was written before the electoral college president who advocates grabbing women by the p***y), and their self-destructive journeys are also saddening. If you're looking to understand where so much anger comes from nowadays, this book tells the compelling story and ends on an upbeat note of partnership.

Reaffirmed everything that I already knew. That the subjects of this book are entitled children who think the world owes them because of the way they were born.

Jun 06, 2015

Even if you haven't really been paying attention, you can't help but notice that there are a lot of angry white dudes out there making a lot of noise. From right-wing talk show hosts to so-called men's rights groups complaining about the feminist message of "Mad Max" (seriously) to aging Republicans threatening to restore America's glory, the angry white man is a symptom of the age. Professor and sociologist Michael Kimmel, who has written extensively on masculinity, tackles these men and their sense of "aggrieved entitlement," which usually involves "A woman/black/lesbian/immigrant stole my job!" Whether interviewing average guys or white supremacists, he shows the dangerous, reactionary ideals behind the anger. As a sociologist, he's overly fond of statistics and his prose is a little sloppy, as is his attempts to connect with popular culture via references to "Mad Men" or "The Simpsons." Still, this is an insightful, provocative book about a vital topic in our national debate. It will make you angry!

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