Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale

Making American Boys Boyology and the Feral Tale Will boys be boys What are little boys made of Kenneth B Kidd responds to these familiar questions with a thorough review of boy culture in America since the late nineteenth century From the boy work

  • Title: Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale
  • Author: Kenneth B. Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780816642953
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Will boys be boys What are little boys made of Kenneth B Kidd responds to these familiar questions with a thorough review of boy culture in America since the late nineteenth century From the boy work promoted by character building organizations such as Scouting and 4 H to current therapeutic and pop psychological obsessions with children s self esteem, Kidd presentsWill boys be boys What are little boys made of Kenneth B Kidd responds to these familiar questions with a thorough review of boy culture in America since the late nineteenth century From the boy work promoted by character building organizations such as Scouting and 4 H to current therapeutic and pop psychological obsessions with children s self esteem, Kidd presents the great variety of cultural influences on the changing notion of boyhood Analyzing icons of boyhood and maleness from Huck Finn and The Jungle Book s Mowgli to Father Flanagan s Boys Town and even Michael Jackson, Kidd surveys films, psychoanalytic case studies, parenting manuals, historical accounts of the discoveries of wolf boys, and self help books to provide a rigorous history of what it has meant to be an all American boy.

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    1. Kidd has found some very fascinating material in the archive--weird stories about fastidious men teaching other men's sons how to operate tractors, oddly revealing and yet surprisingly unsensational news accounts of boy scout leaders forced to resign once their proclivities crossed a certain transgressive barrier--yet what he does with all this material tends to be lackluster. I found myself wanting more stirring close readings and a more cohesive argument that would tie everything together, but [...]

    2. In his study of the discourses surrounding boyhood, Kidd explores American literary and popular understandings and creations of boyology and the feral tale. As I am interested in the construction of African American boyhood and identity, his argument that “normal” boyhood is constructed as white, middle class and feral tales often featuring exoticized portrayals of boys (think Mowgli from Kipling’s The Jungle Book or the Christ-like Elian Gonzolez whose story made headlines when he travele [...]

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