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Ray Raphael - People's Historian


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The Men From The Boys by Ray Raphael

The Men from the Boys: Rites-of-Passage in Male America

University of Nebraska Press, 1988

Published in Germany as Vom Mannwerden, 1993

“Mr. Raphael’s book is provocative and well researched, his anecdotes are often compelling, and we cannot dispute his recommendation that we have to redefine manhood as a state of maturity, rather than a display of power, and negotiate new rituals that will be accessible to all young boys.” — New York Times

“An intelligent study … clear evidence that ‘maleness’ is a tremendously complex, vexing problem in our increasingly unisex society.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A well-written and clearly organized portrait of how some American males struggled from boyhood to manhood.” — Contemporary Sociology
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