“Boyhood studies — virtually unheard of a few years ago — has taken off, with a shelf full of books already published, more on the way, and a new journal devoted to the subject.” A new book coauthored by education professors Lyn Mikel Brown and Mark Tappan, Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes, “offers an analysis of what boys soak in from TV shows, video games, toys, and other facets of boy-directed pop culture.”

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