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Jay Mechling

, the Boy Scout troop I studied over decades for my book On My Honor (2001) would set up their own summer camp for two weeks of learning skills for Scout ranks and merit badges and of games and play that provided the recreation for the 30 or 40 Scouts

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Becoming a Gentleman

Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements

Kent Baxter

organizations at the turn of the century, which adapted popular notions of the Middle Ages to their own ends. From the immensely popular Boy Scout movement to the less well-known Knights of King Arthur, Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, Knights of the Holy Grail

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“Be Prepared!” (But Not Too Prepared)

Scouting, Soldiering, and Boys’ Roles in World War I

Lucy Andrew

inauguration in 1908, Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scout movement seemed similarly committed to preparing boys for their role as soldiers in the increasingly anticipated war. The Scout movement arose in response to a dramatic shift in the status of the British

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From Patriotic Troops to Branded Boyhood

Hegemonic Boyhood Masculinity as Depicted in Boy’s Life Magazine, 1911–2012

Susan M. Alexander and Kelsey Collins

Hegemonic masculinity is a fluid concept that varies according to historical period and social and cultural location. While much has been written about hegemonic masculinity as experienced by adult men, research is lacking on hegemonic masculinity in boyhood from an historical perspective. Using a quantitative content analysis of images on the covers of Boy’s Life magazine, this study finds three distinct historically specific images of hegemonic American boyhood masculinity: boys who serve their country as patriotic scouts in uniform; boys who admire celebrities, particularly professional athletes; and a branded boyhood in which boys wear brand name products while engaging in sports activities.

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Diederik F. Janssen

-building: Boy Scouts of America) to more recent ones with an expectably less gender-exclusive embrace of the out-there (Lenore Skenazy’s “free-range kids” campaign will be familiar to some; Richard Louv’s pediatric diagnosis of “nature-deficit disorder” might be

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Jay Mechling

Jordan, Benjamin René. 2016. Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship. Race, and the Environment, 1910–1930 . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 306 pp., 17 illus., notes, bibl., index. $29.95. ISBN 978

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Young Delinquency as a Social Product in an Age of Correction

The Chicago School’s Struggle to Humanize Transgression

Shane Blackman

adults. A major and original feature of the book is Salerno’s use of original case studies from the same period as Shaw: The Lone Wolf, The Boy Scout , and The Beaver . In contrast, these autobiographical boys’ own stories are far more sexually explicit

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Diederik F. Janssen

to him”—to withstand the kernel corruptions of modern society yet, at the same time, thrive in such a society. Baxter skillfully teases out the contradictions and strictures in Lord Baden-Powell’s attempts “to contemporize chivalry” in the British Boy

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Shane Harrison

then analyzes various institutions, ranging from prisons to the Boy Scouts. He demonstrates the significance of being able to reframe the vulnerability that was forced upon survivors during their childhood as a survival strategy, and reclaiming their

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The Concept of Sentimental Boyhood

The Emotional Education of Boys in Mexico during the Early Porfiriato, 1876–1884

Carlos Zúñiga Nieto

emergence of organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 ( Macleod 1983 ). Contemporary theories about boyhood were popularized for Mexican readers. Menéndez and Estrada Zenea in Yucatán, along with Santiago Sierra in Mexico City, had a