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The Social Construction of Black Masculinity

An Ethnographic Study

Steven R. Cureton

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

Steven R. Cureton is an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Cureton earned his doctorate from Washington State University. His research interests include African-American’s life course chances and outcomes, particularly the social construction of black masculinity.