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Does God Make the Man?: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity [Paperback]

Item : Does God Make the Man?: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity [Paperback]
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Author Author : Hoover, Stewart M., Coats, Curtis D.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1479862231
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781479862238
Publisher Publisher : NYU Press
Pages Pages : 240
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100063700

Many believe that religion plays a positive role in men’s identity development, with religion promoting good behavior, and morality. In contrast, we often assume that the media is a negative influence for men, teaching them to be rough and violent, and to ignore their emotions. In Does God Make the Man?, Stewart M. Hoover and Curtis D. Coats draw on extensive interviews and participant observation with both Evangelical and non-Evangelical men, including Catholics as well as Protestants, to argue that neither of these assumptions is correct.

Dismissing the easy notion that media encourages toxic masculinity and religion is always a positive influence, Hoover and Coats argue that not only are the linkages between religion, media, and masculinity not as strong and substantive as has been assumed, but the ways in which these relations actually play out may contradict received views. Over the course of this fascinating book they examine crises, contradictions, and contestations: crises about the meaning of masculinity and about the lack of direction men experience from their faith communities; contradictions between men’s religious lives and media lives, and contestations among men’s ideas about what it means to be a man.

The book counters common discussions about a “crisis of masculinity,” showing that actual men do not see the world the way the “crisis talk” has portrayed it—and interestingly, even Evangelical men often do not see religion as part of the solution.

Over the past two centuries men in the United States have bemoaned the decline of virility, singling out as the root cause such deep shifts as the expansion of urban life, the loss of agrarian values, the closing of the frontier, the rise of womens rights, and the decline of the traditional family. Hoover and Coats show us that the tradition of the manly jeremiad continues today, taking shape in the broadly influential media that touch the hoplcx

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