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Border Crossing «Brothas»

Black Males Navigating Race, Place, and Complex Space


Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas

Winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Book Award

Winner of the 2017 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award

Border Crossing «Brothas» examines how Black males form identities, define success, and utilize community-based pedagogical spaces to cross literal and figurative borders. The tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and numerous others from Brooklyn, Britain, and Bermuda whose lives have been taken prematurely suggest that negotiating race, place, and complex space is a matter of life and death for Black males. In jurisdictions such as the U.S. and Bermuda, racial tensions are the palpable and obvious reality, yet the average citizen has no idea how to sensibly react. This book offers a reasonable response that pushes readers to account for and draw on the best of what we know, the core of who we are, and the needs and histories of those we serve.
Drawing on the educational and socializing experiences of Black males in Bermuda – a beautiful yet complex island with strong connections to the U.S., England, and the Caribbean – this book offers educators and leaders new language for postcolonial possibilities and emancipatory epistemologies related to Black male identities and success in a global context. Intriguing findings and fresh frameworks grounded in understandings of race, class, ability, transnationalism, culture, colonialism, and the construction/performance of gendered identity emerge in this book.

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Appendix A: Participant Interview Protocol


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Examining Bermudian Masculinity, Education, and Identity Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas Participant Interview Protocol

Date:   ________________________________________________________________________________

Name & Age: __________________________________________________________________________

Gender: _______________________________________________________________________________

Race/Ethnicity: _________________________________________________________________________

This interview is part of a study that investigates the lives of Bermudian males across generational, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, religious, and ethnic lines to gain a perspective on their educational and life experiences. This project may serve as a pilot study for future dissertation work, although data collected in this study will be processed, analyzed, and used for potential publication. I am going to ask you some questions related to this topic. ← 175 | 176 →

You do not have to answer any of the questions I ask if you do not want to. You can choose to exit the interview at any time you wish, with no personal consequences to you. You can also ask me any questions you like about the interview or the research study.

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