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Boyhood to Manhood

Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum

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C. Spencer Platt, Darryl B. Holloman and Lemuel W. Watson

Boyhood to Manhood: Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum seeks to foster an open and honest discussion about the intersection of multiple identities found among Black males. The book explores topics such as what it means to be a Black male; race and ethnicity; health; [dis]ability; athletics; socioeconomic status; historical accounts; employment; religion and sexual identity. Many Black men share the experience of being members of cultures that are guided by strict gendered norms. These norms often require men to conform to «masculine» behaviors, which may increase their levels of risk-taking behavior, anxiety and fear of being ostracized should they fail to display the appropriate «male» skill sets. The ability to explore and embrace other possibilities for the ways that men can construct their personal and professional realities helps to enhance and broaden the ways in which men live their lives and seek opportunities. The qualitative, quantitative and historical data presented in this book provide new understandings of the experiences, roles and perspectives of Black men.
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Acknowledgments

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Spencer PlattI would like to acknowledge and thank my family, friends, mentors and colleagues for theirs support. I would especially like to acknowledge the late Wanda Hendricks-Bellamy for believing in me.

Darryl HollomanThere are many to acknowledge but I would especially like to mention my beloved late brother David Jemel Holloman and the men who keep me going Glyn, Delbert and Delvin

Lemuel WatsonI would like to acknowledge my late father, Lem Watson, for his spirit and wisdom and my late brother-in-law, Tony L. Smith, for being a tremendous father—both men were pillars for our community. ← xiii | xiv → ← xiv | 1 →

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