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Social Science Gender Studies

The Manly Modern

Masculinity in Postwar Canada

by (author) Christopher Dummitt

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Category
Gender Studies, Social History, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774841238
    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774812757
    Publish Date
    Jan 2008
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774812740
    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
    $95.00

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Description

The Manly Modern, the first major book on the history of masculinity in Canada, traces the history of what happened when men’s supposed modernity became one of their defining features. Through a series of case studies covering such diverse subjects as car culture, mountaineering, war veterans, murder trials, and a bridge collapse, Christopher Dummitt argues that the very idea of what it meant to be modern was gendered. A strong current of anti-modernist sentiment bubbled just beneath the surface of postwar masculinity, creating rumblings about the state of modern manhood that, ironically, mirrored the tensions that burst forth in 1960s gender radicalism.

About the author

Christopher Dummitt is associate professor of history in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.

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Editorial Reviews

A revised version of Dummitt’s doctoral dissertation, the book is a series of case studies…. The result is a polished, well-written, and provocative exploration of two phenomena that remain understudied by Canadian historians. …The Manly Modern is a stimulating and valuable study.

Labour / Le Travail, Vol.61, 2008

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