Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum
Chapter Five: The State of Health Among Black Men in the United States: Implications of Demographic Heterogeneity
JUANITA J. CHINN AND ANDREA K. HENDERSON
The health of Black men is a growing but understudied public health concern. It is well known that Black men in the United States suffer some of the worst health outcomes, including higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and premature mortality (Williams, 2003). A host of structural issues have contributed to the disparate health trajectories of Black men, including educational attainment and incarceration (Williams, 2003). However, much of the work on the intersectionality of race, gender, and health has largely ignored the issue of intra-ethnic heterogeneity within the Black racial category. Immigration from Africa and the Caribbean has changed the face of Black America. At least 20% of the growth in the U.S. Black population between 2001 and 2006 was due to immigration (Kent, 2007). In some areas of the country, including New York, Miami, and Boston, Black immigrants comprise more than one-fourth of the Black population (Kent, 2007). A myriad of structural issues have contributed to the influx of Black immigration, including political and economic forces. The use of the monolithic category “African American” obscures the growing diversity among Blacks in the United States and as a consequence, little is known about health—both physical and mental health—differences among native-born and foreign-born Blacks. ← 83 | 84 →
This chapter has several purposes. First, we begin by broadly reviewing the current literature on the demographic trends related the health status of Black men1 in the United...
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