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King of the Wild Suburb:
A memoir of fathers, sons and guns

Michael A. Messner

King of the Wild Suburb: A memoir of fathers, sons and guns by Michael A Messner book cover

 

Michael Messner, already known for his nuanced explorations of masculinities in sport, here humanely explores the evolving, often confusing dynamics of masculinities between three generations of boys and men. This candid memoir will make engrossing reading for both seasoned scholars and newcomers to gender studies.

Cynthia Enloe
Author of Nimo's War, Emma's War:
Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

 

For decades, feminist scholars, memoirists, and novelists have explored the lineaments of mother-daughter relationships, yet the world of fathers and sons has garnered relatively little attention. In his closely observed memoir, King of the Wild Suburb, noted Gender Studies scholar Michael Messner opens up the affective terrain between fathers and sons, and in the process deepens and complicates our understanding of masculinity.

Alice Echols
Author of Hot Stuff: Disco and the
Remaking of American Culture

 

Michael Messner's reflections on coming of age in the pivotal Sixties deftly captures the fault lines that separated so many young men and women from the lives of their parents and grandparents. It was, perhaps, easier for young women to rebel and choose careers over homemaking than it was for young men to opt out of a culture that made war, guns, and hunting the anchors of manhood. King of the Wild Suburb helps us understand how masculinity has changed, albeit still precariously, making it possible to maintain a fidelity to one's past while passing on to the next generation a freedom to explore new ways to be a man.

Jan E. Dizard
Author of Mortal Stakes: Hunters and
Hunting in Contemporary America


Messner, a smart sociologist with a keen eye for detail and nuance, has written a subtle and moving book…What makes this book so moving and thoughtful are the connections between fathers and sons that Messner both ponders and experiences even as he defines a new culture of masculinity for himself and his own sons. Highly recommended.

Literary Mama


By understanding these men better, we understand the complexities of masculinity within each of their generational contexts.

Everyday Sociology


Entertaining and highly readable memoir.

The Salinas Californian

 

 

ISBN: 978-1-935514-90-9

154 pages, $14.95

Categories:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Family & Relationships : General
Social Science : Americana

 

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