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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataFrom boyhood to manhood: deconstructing Black masculinity through a lifespan continuum / edited by C. Spencer Platt, Darryl B. Holloman, Lemuel W. Watson.pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking; v. 65)Includes bibliographical references.1. African American men—Education (Higher) 2. African American men— Social conditions. 3. African American men—Race identity. 4. Masculinity. 5. African American male college students. 6. Academic achievement—United States.I. Platt, C. Spencer.LC2781.F75 378.1’982996073—dc23   2014038331ISBN 978-1-4331-2560-7 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2559-1 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1445-8 (e-book)ISSN 1947-5985Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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