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Boyhood to Manhood

Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum


Edited By 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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Juanita J. Chinn is a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include racial, gender, and socioeconomic disparities in health and mortality in the United States. Some of her published work can be found in Ethnicity and Disease, The Demography of the Hispanic Population, and Du Bois Review: Social Research on Race. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics: Psychology from Brown University.

Stanley K. Ellis currently serves as the Education Director in the College of Medicine curriculum office at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. His current research examines: (1) socialization of Black junior faculty; (2) servant leadership phenomenon among Black faculty; and (3) pre-faculty exposure (PFE) of junior faculty.

Andrea K. Henderson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines the influence of religion on health and family outcomes, with a strong emphasis on the implications of religious institutions, practices, and values among ethnic minorities. ← 153 | 154 →

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