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Critical Black Studies Reader

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Edited By Rochelle Brock, Dara Nix-Stevenson and Paul Chamness Miller

The Critical Black Studies Reader is a ground-breaking volume whose aim is to criticalize and reenvision Black Studies through a critical lens. The book not only stretches the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of issues critical to the Black experience, it creates a theoretical grounding that is intersectional in its approach. Our notion of Black Studies is neither singularly grounded in African American Studies nor on traditional notions of the Black experience. Though situated work in this field has historically
grappled with the question of «where are we?» in Black Studies, this volume offers the reader a type of criticalization that has not occurred to this point. While the volume includes seminal works by authors in the field, as a critical endeavor, the editors have also included pieces that address the political issues that intersect with – among others –
power, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, place, and economics.

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Part 3: Queer and Transgender Issues in Black Studies

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Part 3 Queer and transgender Issues in Black studies Part 3 focuses on the intersection of issues related to sexual and gender identity and critical Black studies. The chapters present a variety of important topics, including the criminalization of hIV- positive Black men, an essay on eroticism and self, a personal essay that explores questions of masculinity, an examination of a transgender narrative autography, and a reflection on Black queer feminist studies. to open, in chapter 14, “hIV Criminalization: a Continuation of racial–sexual terror exacted on the Bodies of Black MsM,” tabias o. Wilson presents the compounded effects of racialization and homo-antagonism on the livelihoods of Black, same-gender loving, male hIV survivors. In this chap- ter, he explores the ways in which hIV criminalization laws act as continuation of racial–sexual terror exacted on the bodies of Black men who have sex with men. Nwachi tafari, in chapter 15, “an african american’s reflections Through erotic Mythology,” has as a goal to explore the connection between his erotic and whole self and the world. he maintains that african americans must explore their erotic selves as a path to greater cultural and individual free- dom. he proposes creative self-search as a method toward healing holistically. tafari broaches the topic through the theoretical lenses of mythology and eroticism. The self-discovery offered in this chapter comes from four sources: the neurochemically coded attitudes of his body, the african american erotic culture to which he belongs, his emotional significant erotic experiences, and his erotic...

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