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Boyhood to Manhood

Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum


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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Chapter Five: The State of Health Among Black Men in the United States: Implications of Demographic Heterogeneity




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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