Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-235) and index.
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Acknowledgments; Boyhood for Beginners: An Introduction; 1. Farming for Boys; 2. Bad Boys and Men of Culture; 3. Wolf-Boys, Street Rats, and the Vanishing Sioux; 4. Father Flanagan's Boys Town; 5. From Freud's Wolf Man to Teen Wolf; 6. Reinventing the Boy Problem; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
"Will boys be boys? What are little boys made of? Kenneth B. Kidd responds to these familiar questions with a thorough review of boy culture in America since the late nineteenth century. From the "boy work" promoted by character-building organizations such as Scouting and 4-H to current therapeutic and pop psychological obsessions with children's self-esteem, Kidd presents the great variety of cultural influences on the changing notion of boyhood."--Jacket.