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Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date April 1, 2004
Pages 448
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807855195
ISBN-10 0807855197
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $35.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In a pathbreaking new assessment of the shaping of black male identity in the early twentieth century, Martin Summers explores how middle-class African American and African Caribbean immigrant men constructed a gendered sense of self through organizational life, work, leisure, and cultural production. Examining both the public and private aspects of gender formation, Summers challenges the current trajectory of masculinity studies by treating black men as historical agents in their own identity formation, rather than as screens on which white men projected their own racial and gender anxieties and desires.
Manliness and Its Discontents focuses on four distinct yet overlapping social milieus: the fraternal order of Prince Hall Freemasonry; the black nationalist Universal Negro Improvement Association, or the Garvey movement; the modernist circles of the Harlem Renaissance; and the campuses of historically black Howard and Fisk Universities. Between 1900 and 1930, Summers argues, dominant notions of what it meant to be a man within the black middle class changed from a Victorian ideal of manliness--characterized by the importance of producer values, respectability, and patriarchy--to a modern ethos of masculinity, which was shaped more by consumption, physicality, and sexuality. Summers evaluates the relationships between black men and black women as well as relationships among black men themselves, broadening our understanding of the way that gender works along with class, sexuality, and age to shape identities and produce relationships of power.



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9780807828519 | details & prices | 448 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $65.00
About: In a pathbreaking new assessment of the shaping of black male identity in the early twentieth century, Martin Summers explores how middle-class African American and African Caribbean immigrant men constructed a gendered sense of self through organizational life, work, leisure, and cultural production.
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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (April 1, 2004)
9780807855195 | details & prices | 448 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $35.00
About: In a pathbreaking new assessment of the shaping of black male identity in the early twentieth century, Martin Summers explores how middle-class African American and African Caribbean immigrant men constructed a gendered sense of self through organizational life, work, leisure, and cultural production.

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