WINONA, Minn. – The Winona State University Common Book Project has selected “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” by Michael Kimmel as the 2012-13 common book.
“Guyland” explores the complex and often troubling social world in which boys ages 16 to 26 are expected to make the transition to manhood. Kimmel argues that what was once a relatively clear and direct passage from adolescence to adulthood has become much more complicated and confusing as many young men embark on what seems to be an extended boyhood through the college years and beyond.
Kimmel examines both the causes and effects of this prolonged adolescence for both men and women and particularly its implications for adult relationships, families, and personal and professional success.
“Guyland” is based on extensive sociological and historical research as well as Kimmel’s interviews and conversations with hundreds of young men and women across the country.
Kimmel is a prominent gender studies scholar and has authored and edited more than 20 books in the field. He is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also worked as a consultant for corporations and public-sector organizations around the world on gender equality issues. Kimmel is tentatively scheduled to visit WSU Oct. 9-10 and again in spring 2013.
For more information about Kimmel or the WSU Common Book Project, visit the WSU Common Book website at
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