What does it mean to be a man today? As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as the father of four young Americans, Chabon presents his memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth.
The book uses an original format consisting of three theory chapters on masculinity in transition, the body and embodiment and intimacy and the emotions. These are used to contextualize data chapters on home and work, the life course, sexuality, men's friendships and intimacy, a spatio-temporal approach to embodiment and the research process itself.
Hooks asserts that black men have been so dehumanized that they are in crisis emotionally and at risk within society. Yet she posits that the greatest threat to black life in America is patriarchal thinking and practices.
Kuchta shows not only how the ideology of modern English masculinity was a self-consciously political and public creation but also how such explicitly political decisions and values became internalized, personalized, and naturalized into everyday manners and habits.