Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum
C. P. GAUSE
Scholars, researchers, and policymakers continue to inform our communities that children of color, particularly “Black males,” lag behind every other demographic in academic achievement and success. The current representation—or even construction, if you will allow—of Black males in popular culture and social media often conflicts with the prevailing notions that have traditionally surrounded the ideology of masculine power and identity, particularly as that identity is juxtaposed against the idea of White male masculinity.
The heavily policed and illuminated image of the black male is the object of adolescent intrigue, public sphere fascination, and global product placement and consumption via commodification. Many scholars and policymakers continue to limit the analyses of black masculinity to detached statistical data and reports devoid of the authentic (re) presentations of the voice and performance of black masculinities across multiple spheres. Dr. Spencer Platt, Dr. Darryl B. Holloman, and Dr. Lemuel W. Watson, however, as editors of this volume, From Boyhood to Manhood: Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum, bring together a fantastic team of authors and researchers who move from the realm of objectifying the black male and reifying false deficit statistical constructions to investigating and interrogating the multi-dimensional complexities of being a black man in America. I am quite impressed with this volume and applaud the authors for utilizing qualitative, mixed methods, quantitative, case studies and various ← ix | x → sampling methodologies and theoretical frameworks as tools to deconstruct black masculinity through...
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