Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia (2 Volumes) (The American Family)-Priscilla F. Clement, Jacqueline S. Reinier

  • Title: Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia (2 Volumes) (The American Family)
  • Author: Priscilla F. Clement, Jacqueline S. Reinier
  • Released: 2001-09-01
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  • Pages: 800
  • ISBN: 1576072150
  • ISBN13: 978-1576072158
  • ASIN: 1576072150


From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up-This series entry begins with an informative foreword about the topics included, a preface outlining the encyclopedia's scope, and an introduction putting "boyhood" into an American historical context. The main body of the book consists of more than 150 alphabetically arranged entries, ranging in length from two to five pages, each accompanied by a byline and short bibliography. The topics include sports, cultural and racial minorities, social and civic organizations, school-related concerns, family unit issues, health matters, developmental subjects, arts, literature and the mass media, historical events, and biographies of famous Americans whose childhoods represented the experiences common to a particular era. Many of the articles "focus on adult attitudes toward boys" and most also try to reflect "the experience and perceptions of boys themselves, as they work, play, interact with friends and family, and try to make sense of the world around them." Occasional, average-quality, black-and-white photographs illustrate the book; there are also a few tables and charts. A unique, broad-based, accessible compendium.
Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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From Library Journal The latest entry in "The American Family" series, which includes such titles as Girlhood in America and Infancy in America, this work is a worthy contribution to the field of men's studies. Clement (history, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Growing Pains: Children in the Industrial Age) and Reinier (emerita, California State Univ.; From Virtue to Character: American Childhood, 1775-1850) take a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, offering more than 150 alphabetically arranged entries on the period from childhood through adolescence. Contributed by scholars, the illustrated entries typically include several pages of social history, statistics, analysis, and references. The subject matter is wide but very selective, ranging from historical and economic issues, social welfare, and juvenile social problems to sports, media and communication, and biological topics (e.g., sexuality, polio, and orthodontics). Also featured are descriptions of the boyhoods of several influential figures, such as Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Volume 2 concludes with an extensive bibliography and a useful index. The articles inevitably vary in quality and clarity, and the extremely selective choice of topics suggests that the set would function best in larger libraries along with similar but more inclusive reference books, such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence. However, the set's information and perspective are unique and make this work valuable for public libraries and gender studies collections in secondary and college-level libraries. Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN
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