Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum
SPENCER PLATT, DARRYL B. HOLLOMAN, AND LEMUEL W. WATSON
Black people have unique stories that beg to be told in numerous ways and from multiple perspectives. However, to date, an understanding of the Black experience within contemporary American society has largely been communicated by the visual imagery promulgated by popular media. These often fictionalized images are generally negative and disturbing, but what is more disturbing is how the depictions are internalized by some Black men and then used as the measure by which they view and define themselves. Consequently, the multidimensionality of the Black male experience must continuously be shared in order to provide a more accurate and positive representation of how Black men develop throughout the course of their lives.
The overarching goal of this book is to examine the multiple dimensions and perspectives regarding the roles that Black men occupy within our contemporary society. A secondary goal is to broaden how Black males view their own multiple identities. These diverse personal and professional identities impact the political, social, and economic climate in many ways in the United States. The book is meant to highlight a number of topics relevant to the experiences of Black males and to reflect on the diversity and depth of what it means to be American, international, Black, and male—in essence, a critical lifespan approach to how Black men perceive and relate to masculinity. Understanding Black men from such a holistic viewpoint is essential to the continued...
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