Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity


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particularly for younger men who are questioning how to ‘be a man’ in the modern era.

A quick summary

In Man Up, Jack Urwin takes a look at the social expectations on men, past and present – the messages, ‘rules’ and norms that have shaped men’s sense of themselves across generations. Urwin also deals in depth and very thoughtfully with the consequences of those expectations. Man Up is very readable – jokey and sweary, relatable and pacy – but never trivial or trivialising. Probably most appealing to younger men (Urwin was 23 when he wrote the book) but potentially interesting to all.


Publisher’s description

Jack Urwin writes like he speaks: accessible, funny and interesting. His Vice article got people talking and now, almost two years on, he is right in thinking that the time for a big discussion about masculinity has arrived. (Telegraph)


Jack Urwin traces modern ideas of masculinity from the inability of older generations to deal with the horrors of war, to the mob mentality of football terraces or Fight Club and the disturbing rise of mental health problems among men – especially young men – today. While we struggle with the idea that there is a single version of masculinity worth aspiring to, depression and suicide among men have reached unprecedented levels.

Man Up looks at the challenges and pressures on men today, and suggests ways to survive.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 210 g
Dimensions 196 × 131 × 18 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781785781759

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