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Black Men’s Studies

Black Manhood and Masculinities in the U.S. Context

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Serie McDougal III

Black Men's Studies offers an approach to understanding the lives and the self determination of men of African descent in the U.S. context. It not only frames their experiences, it also explores the multidimensional approaches to advancing the lives of Black men. Particular attention is given to placing Black men in their own unique historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts.

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Chapter 8 Black Men in Economics

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Chapter 8

Black Men in Economics

Comparing Black males’ roles and skills workers in pre-colonial African societies to their roles in Black families, communities, and larger society can reveal important ways forward for all African Americans. The economic state of Black males cannot be analyzed without placing their labors in proper historical context. It is critical to understand the variety of ways that Black males have struggled in self-conscious ways to use their work as a tool to advance their families, communities and themselves. This chapter explains how Black males have been affected by global market shifts and systemic racism and anti-Black maleness. Moreover, this chapter discusses how Black males can prepare themselves with the internal and social/structural resources to advance themselves and their communities in the face of myriad challenges.

Pre-Colonial African Cultural Markets

Chapter 1 of this book examined how African men were sometimes initiated into professional guilds or societies of secrets which provided them specialized knowledge in crafts and trades. African men’s roles in these professional guilds helped shape the roles they played in local and global economic life. The guilds prepared men to make specialized contributions to the various features of African economic systems. Falola (2000) explains some of the basic aspects of African economic systems, including factors of production, production of goods and services, and exchange of goods and services. One key factor of production was land, which was often collectively owned, tied to family ancestry, and...

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