Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the by Jacqueline M. Moore

By Jacqueline M. Moore

Cowboys are an American legend, yet regardless of ubiquity in background and pop culture, misperceptions abound. Technically, a cowboy labored with livestock, as a ranch hand, whereas his boss, the cattleman, owned the ranch. Jacqueline M. Moore casts apart romantic and one-dimensional photos of cowboys through studying the category, gender, and exertions histories of ranching in Texas in the course of the moment 1/2 the 19th century.

As working-class males, cowboys confirmed their masculinity via their abilities at paintings in addition to public monitors on the town. yet what cowboys inspiration used to be manly habit didn't continuously fit these principles of the business-minded cattlemen, who principally absorbed middle-class masculine beliefs of restraint. genuine males, via those criteria, had self-mastery over their impulses and didn’t struggle, drink, gamble or consort with "unsavory" girls. Moore explores how, not like the mythic snapshot, from the overdue 1870s on, because the Texas frontier turned extra settled and the open variety disappeared, the true cowboys confronted expanding calls for from the folk round them to rein within the very qualities that american citizens thought of the main masculine.

Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements middle for Southwest experiences, Southern Methodist University.

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