Michael Kimmel’s latest book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, was recently featured in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. A leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity, Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University.
In researching the book, Kimmel traveled across America interviewing the country’s angry white men — white supremacists, men’s rights activists, young students — who believe that they are the victims of new discrimination and feel that their country is being taken away from them. Angry White Men presents a comprehensive diagnosis of their fears, anxieties and rage.
“In one fascinating chapter Kimmel explores the changing nature of school violence,” writes Hanna Rosin in The New York Times review. “Once the scourge of urban black institutions, this phenomenon has taken on new form in suburban and rural neighborhoods. The school shooter is now pretty much always male and usually white. Kimmel makes a convincing case that this shift has to do with a sense of aggrieved entitlement, showing how these boys spent a lot of time fending off insults to their masculinity from the ‘jockocracy’ that ruled their schools.”
Kimmel is considered a leading figure in the field of men’s studies. He has written many books on gender and masculinities, including Changing Men (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), Men’s Lives (2012, 9th edition), The Gendered Society (2011, 4th edition), Manhood: A Cultural History (2012, 3rd edition) and best-seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008). He has co-edited The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2005) and Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural and Historical Encyclopedia (2004), which was named “Best in Reference 2004″ by the New York Public Library Association.
Kimmel is also founding editor of the journal Men and Masculinities, which became one of the first academic journals focused on men. In 2004 Kimmel was awarded for his research as one of 15 scholars chosen for innovative scholarship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He is a founder and spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism and lectures extensively on campuses and in corporations in the U.S. and abroad.
Click here to read Kimmel’s Huffington Post blog on Angry White Men.