I am pleased to introduce Boyhood Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1. This issue’s
authors unanimously invite an appreciation of the many regional, temporal
and contextual inflections of manliness-in-the-making. After all: “Among
boys, as among men, there are ‘all sorts and conditions;’ environment
moulds them” (Anon. 1890: 147). This merits a bit of intercontinental timetravel.
Ecce puer: from Lord Baden-Powell’s and American contemporaries’
middle ages to late nineteenth-century Mexico’s French Third Republic,
back to Baden-Powell and into the Great War, and back again to presentday
Mexico. In Mexico, on both visits, we are travelling back and forth as
well, between the rural and urban experience.
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