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Manning the Race : Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era - Marlon B. Ross

Manning the Race

Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780814775622
Number Of Pages: 463

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Manning the Race explores how African American men have been marketed, embodied, and imaged for the purposes of racial advancement during the early decades of the twentieth century. Marlon Ross provides an intellectual history of both famous and lesser-known men who have served--controversially--as models and foils for black masculine competence.

Ross examines a host of early twentieth-century cultural sites where black masculinity struggles against Jim Crow: the mobilization of the New Negro; the sexual politics of autobiography in the post-emancipation generation; the emergence of black male sociology; sexual rivalry and networking in biracial uplift institutions; Negro Renaissance arts patronage; and the sexual construction of the black urban folk novel. Focusing on the overlooked dynamics of symbolic fraternity, intimate friendship, and erotic bonding within and across gender, Manning the Race is the first book to integrate same-sexuality into the cultural history of black manhood. By approaching black manhood as a culturally contested arena, this important new work reveals the changing meanings and enactments of race, gender, nation, and sexuality in modern America.

Manning the Race opens new approaches to the study of black manhood in relation to U.S. culture. Where previous books tended to emphasize how individual black men's identities have been reactively informed by the U.S. regime of race and sexuality, Manning the Race makes the case for understanding how black men themselves have been primary agents and subjects in formulating the identity and practices of black manhood.

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"This major effort describes and analyzes how African American men were socialized and imaged for their public and private roles in the early 20th Century. Ross takes readers deeper into new dimensions of the Harlem Renaissance and African American urban life."--CHOICE "In this rich, eloquent, and indeed magisterial study, Marlon B. Ross explores how black manhood was constructed, produced, and reproduced under Jim Crow. At once cultural criticism and intellectual history, Manning the Race is a landmark contribution to the study of the deeply imbricated discourses of gender, sexuality, race, and nation." -- Valerie Smith, Princeton University"An ambitious intellectual history of black manhood reform in the New Negro Movement, dating roughly from the 1890s to the 1940s."-GC Advocate

Trespassing the color line : aggressive mobility, sexual transgression, and racial consolidation in new negro movementsp. 15
Un/sexing the race : modernizing and marketing the new world negrop. 21
Migratory mobility and the sexually assertive race tract : Chesnutt and Pickensp. 26
Staging the race : verbal display in Du Bois and Washingtonp. 41
The arrested gaze : the race album and the fraternal look of the new world negrop. 61
The inner genius of new negrodom : the aesthetics of modernity in Locke's New negrop. 77
The cool pose of racial trespassing : new negro personal narrative as Jim Crow realismp. 90
Defending manhood as new negro weapon : Pickens's Bursting bondsp. 94
Sissy heroics : Walter White's Fire in the flintp. 105
The black body as uplift instruemnt : the personal narratives of Ida B. Wells and Taylor Gordonp. 120
New negro social science : sexual deviance, black male professionalization, and the sociology of containmentp. 145
The migratory nether world : the "submerged tenth" in Du Bois's sociology of surveillancep. 149
The black male sociologist as chivalrous Christian mediator : George Edmund Haynesp. 162
The social accommodations of Chicago sociology in Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazierp. 166
Between the lines of Drake and Cayton's Black metropolisp. 186
Negotiating racial uplift : gender rivalry and erotic longing in the making of new negro patronagep. 193
Civilizing acts : the sexual appeals of patronage in new negro political organizingp. 200
The machinery of patronagep. 204
Mothering the race : the white woman as race patronp. 225
Tutoring "the lady of the races" : the ambivalent attraction of the white male patronp. 238
Midwifing the renaissance : prostitution, same-sexuality, and the procreative logic of patronagep. 252
Tropes of affiliation : theorizing the sexual subtexts of renaissance patronagep. 253
The false(tto) accent of white bothemianism : McKay's patronage attackp. 267
Godmothering and the psychic traps of race patronagep. 281
"Pussy-footing" Dr. Locke : masculine networking as (homo)racial contestp. 284
"A city jungle this" : footloose desire and the sexual underworlds of Harlem renaissance fictionp. 301
Waging urban warfare : violence, fraternity, and eroticism in black men's urban folk narrativep. 309
Rudolph Fisher's moderated manhoodp. 315
Reforming martial and marital values of manhood in McKay's Home to Harlemp. 330
Pals and lovers : companions and men-loving men in the urban folk novelp. 337
Unromantically inclined : female protagonists and the resistance to dominant masculinityp. 355
Mobile heroines : the female-centered precursors of urban folk fictionp. 357
The quicksand of black feminine desirep. 363
Same-sexuality, sadomasochism, and feminine rebellion in Thurman's Blacker the berryp. 379
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ISBN: 9780814775622
ISBN-10: 0814775624
Series: Sexual Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 463
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.8

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