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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

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780814775639
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."


ISBN: 9780814775639
ISBN-10: 0814775632
Series: Sexual Cultures (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 463
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.69

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