Man, Interrupted

Man, Interrupted

Why Young Men Are Struggling & What We Can Do About It

Book - 2016
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Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Coulombe say that an addiction to video games and online porn have created a generation of shy, socially awkward, emotionally removed, and risk-adverse young men who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school, and employment. Taking a critical look at a problem that is tearing at families and societies everywhere, Man, Interrupted suggests that our young men are suffering from a new form of "arousal addiction," and introduce a bold new plan for getting them back on track.
Publisher: Newburyport, MA : Conari Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781573246897
Branch Call Number: 305.31 Z71m
Characteristics: xxiv, 324 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Coulombe, Nikita D.


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spl_merley May 23, 2017

The book works toward tangible actions that individuals, organizations and government can take to help young men overcome the challenges they face in navigating contemporary social changes to become the best men they can be. Although exploring contemporary issues of men, maleness and masculinity this book manages to keep a frank yet balanced exploration of identity. The research has a distinctly American bent but there a many elements which are relevant to the Canadian context.

Jun 24, 2016

As usual, Japan was way ahead of the curve. Hikkiomori comes to America.

May 11, 2016

Naaaaahhh . . . the Transnational Capitalist Class has simply been successful in killing off any real sense of community in America - - and elsewhere - - which is their agenda to control the world!
Quite the contrary to what the author believes.
[I love it when these disinformation specialists expound on // Men opting out of the workforce \\ type themes - - as if there weren't ever increasing offshoring of jobs, insourcing of foreign visa replacement workers, the creation of undocumented worker influx by way of NAFTA and other FTAs, and then the replacement of American and undocumented workers [notably from Mexico] with flown in Thai workers for farm work, or Chinese construction workers for bridge building, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum! As if everyone has a choice and decides to wait it out by their swimming pools, sipping an iced tea and musing on future possibilities! How many times have how many workers - - both men AND women - - scored perfectly on jobs interviews or outperformed on the job, only to see it vanish!]

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spl_merley May 23, 2017

In their book researchers Zimbardo and Coulombe dive down the rabbit hole of social, economic and technological shifts that are influencing, shaping and changing people’s lives. Their research focus is young men who find themselves adrift in the middle of these social changes and societal shifts; a little bit lost about what their roles in society should be.
Man interrupted seeks not to answer the simplistic question about what is wrong with young men today – a question plenty of people may have asked – rather they take a broader look at complex human behavior: seeking to identify the individual, situational and systemic factors that may act as barriers and limiters to young men achieving their full potential. The authors suggest that checking out of education and work, excessive maleness, gaming and porn use are all symptoms of other things including absent fathers, school systems that fail to meet the learning needs of boys, and the enchantment of technology and arousal addiction. With respect for the advances achieved and the work remaining to be done the authors recognize that women have benefitted from a concerted effort at redefining women’s roles and power in modern society. Men, on the other hand, have not had a similar movement and this has resulted in uncertainty and dis-ease about what it means to be man and male today.


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