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Race Men

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Who are the "race men" standing for black America? It is a question Hazel Carby rejects, along with its long-standing assumption: that a particular type of black male can represent the race. A searing critique of definitions of black masculinity at work in American culture, Race Men shows how these defining images play out socially, culturally, and politically for black and white society--and how they exclude women altogether.

Carby begins by looking at images of black masculinity in the work of W. E. B. Du Bois. Her analysis of The Souls of Black Folk reveals the narrow and rigid code of masculinity that Du Bois applied to racial achievement and advancement--a code that remains implicitly but firmly in place today in the work of celebrated African American male intellectuals. The career of Paul Robeson, the music of Huddie Ledbetter, and the writings of C. L. R. James on cricket and on the Haitian revolutionary, Toussaint L'Ouverture, offer further evidence of the social and political uses of representations of black masculinity.

In the music of Miles Davis and the novels of Samuel R. Delany, Carby finds two separate but related challenges to conventions of black masculinity. Examining Hollywood films, she traces through the career of Danny Glover the development of a cultural narrative that promises to resolve racial contradictions by pairing black and white men--still leaving women out of the picture.

A powerful statement by a major voice among black feminists, Race Men holds out the hope that by understanding how society has relied upon affirmations of masculinity to resolve social and political crises, we can learn to transcend them.

Synopsis:

A searing critique of definitions of black masculinity at work in American culture, Race Men shows how these defining images play out socially, culturally, and politically for black and white society--and how they exclude women altogether. A powerful statement by a major voice among black feminists, Race Men holds out the hope that by understanding how society has relied upon affirmations of masculinity to resolve social and political crises, we can learn to transcend them.

About the Author

Hazel V. Carbyis Chair of African and African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at <>Yale University. She is the author of Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelistand Cultures in Babylon.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Souls of Black Men

The Body and Soul of Modernism

Tuning the American Soul

Body Lines and Color Lines

Playin' the Changes

Lethal Weapons and City Games

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674004047
Author:
Carby, Hazel V.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
African American Studies - Lifestyle
Subject:
Masculinity in popular culture
Subject:
Afro-American men in popular culture.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Lifest
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Mens Studies
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures
Series Volume:
1993
Publication Date:
November 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A searing critique of definitions of black masculinity at work in American culture, Race Men shows how these defining images play out socially, culturally, and politically for black and white society--and how they exclude women altogether. A powerful statement by a major voice among black feminists, Race Men holds out the hope that by understanding how society has relied upon affirmations of masculinity to resolve social and political crises, we can learn to transcend them.
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