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Boys Will Be Boys

Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence

Myriam Miedzian

In this book, Miedzian provides a thorough investigation of the numerous factors influencing aggression and violence in American males. In addition, she also provides descriptions and proposals for interventions, social action, and solutions to break the link between masculinity and violence. The book is separated into three major parts: 1) The Problem: The acceptance of violence as a way of life; 2) Toward a Solution: Raising sons for the twenty-first century; 3) Conclusions: Beyond the masculine mystique.

Throughout the book Miedzian emphasizes that because males have a high potential for aggression and violence, every effort should be made to encourage and model for males those qualities that are counter to violence. She illustrates the large extent to which our culture currently (and historically) encourages qualities and values that increase a male's propensity for violence. (From a review of the book by Lori A. Cillo)

386 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Lantern Books


Published:  November 2002


Dr. Myriam Miedzian, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., has served on the faculties of Rutgers University, The City University of New York, and Barnard College. She has been the Visiting Libra Professor at the University of Maine.

Dr. Miedzian has appeared on over 300 TV and radio programs, including Charlie Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live, and The Brian Lehrer Show. Her research on school programs that help prevent violent behavior, formed the basis of an NPR Weekend Edition program. She was the subject of a Time Magazine Interview.

Dr. Miedzian's articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, and her blogs appear frequently in The Huffington Post. She is the author of He Walked Through Walls: A Twentieth-Century Tale of Survival, and Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence. She is a founding director of Prepare Tomorrow's Parents, a non-profit organization which grew out of recommendations made in the latter book.
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