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The Social Construction of Black Masculinity

An Ethnographic Study

Steven R. Cureton

The Social Construction of Black Masculinity examines the legacy of negotiating black masculinity in a relatively free society that forced black men to justify claims of equitable humanity. The book represents an unapologetic narrative about behavioral choices by black men, which were framed by a history of forced distancing from their covenant with God, deliberate character assassinations, and emasculation in plain sight of their women and children.

Steven Randolph Cureton is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cureton earned his doctorate from Washington State University. His research interests include African-Americans’ life course chances and outcomes, particularly the social construction of black masculinity.