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Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland

Stephen Meyer


This book charts the complex vagaries of men reinventing manhood in twentieth-century America. Their ideas of masculinity destroyed by principles of mass production, workers created a white-dominated culture that defended its turf against other racial groups and revived a crude, hypersexualized treatment of women that went far beyond the shop floor. At the same time, they recast unionization battles as manly struggles against a system killing their very selves. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, the book recreates a social milieu in detail—the mean labor and stolen pleasures, the battle ... More

Keywords: manhood, masculinity, violence, sexism, men, mass production, women's treatment, unionization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040054
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Meyer, author
UWisconsin - Milwaukee