Redefining masculinity : the image of civilian men in American home front documentaries, 1942-1945

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dc.contributor.advisor Mjagkij, Nina, 1961- en_US Schnoor, Andrea en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:43Z 2011-06-03T19:38:43Z 1999 en_US 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1999 .S36 en_US
dc.description.abstract Redefining Masculinity presents an analysis of the American government's portrayal of civilian men in World War II documentary films. The majority of the films, which serve as a primary source for this study, were created by the Office of War Information (OWI) as a means of stimulating home front support for the war. The government's portrayal of civilian men advocated a significant modification of gender roles. According to the OWI, men understood the politics of war, were aware of the national context of sacrifices, and were able to carry the government's message into American households and defense plants. As a result of their war consciousness, civilian men in government documentary films partially claimed the traditional domestic realm of women and redefined American gender roles as interactive and overlapping. The intersecting gender spheres in OWI films exemplify that men experienced manhood not in isolation from women. This propagandized image of civilian men during the Second World War supports the claims of scholars who criticize the ideology of "separate spheres" to describe socially constructed domains of the male and female gender. In contrast, the thesis findings show that the social, political, and economic definitions of male and female roles can be altered, extended, or adjusted when economically, politically, and culturally expedient.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.format.extent 65 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Men -- United States -- Identity. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Masculinity -- United States -- History. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Men in motion pictures. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Documentary films -- United States -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1939-1945 -- War work. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role -- United States -- History -- 20th century. en_US
dc.subject.other United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945. en_US
dc.title Redefining masculinity : the image of civilian men in American home front documentaries, 1942-1945 en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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