No group seems more threatened by the speed and breadth of social change in the United States than white men age 35 to 65. Gender studies professor Michael Kimmel reports on this clamorous cohort, whose members believe modern society besmirches their family values and traditions. Some white men feel stabbed in the back – by women, the rich, minorities, their own failures and a government that rescues banks and firms but not “the little guy.” Bitter, these men and their sons too often turn to guns to avenge their sense of loss. While always politically neutral, getAbstract lauds Kimmel’s sobering explanation of how this phenomenon spawns hatred and violence.
In this summary, you will learn
- How “aggrieved entitlement” fuels despair and rage among certain American white men;
- How feelings of humiliation and emasculation have fomented school shootings; and
- How the fringe far right pedals empowerment and nostalgia for less-diverse, more financially secure times.
About the Author
Michael Kimmel teaches sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York.