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Maryam rebecca week 5 black masculinity

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Maryam rebecca week 5 black masculinity

  1. 1. “Black masculinity” Alexander, C., (2000), ‘Black masculinity’ in Owusu, K. (ed.) 2000. Black British Culture and Society. A text reader. London: Routledge. A presentation by Maryam Duale and Rebecca Lomas
  2. 2. Interpretations of power and male masculinity in the black “ghetto” O Hannerz – “…most ghetto dwellers neither have any nor are actively working to acquire any (power) at present.” O Taylor – “”A combination of contemporary social and economic factors conspire to limit the black male’s access to status and economic resources.” O Most studies regard black masculinity as an alternative to social status, rather than an extension of it. Machoism is seen as a substitute to power, …”inauthentic and illusory”. O Is black masculinity best understood as a response to structural inequality? Rather than a hostile entity, the black peer group can be seen as a bade for interaction with a wider society.
  3. 3. Black women, white women: “race” and control O Black women generally considered by black males a “our” women, exempt from the ideology of exploitation dominating the public arena. O “Black women were associated with notions of family and the community and therefore revered in their roles as mothers and culture-bearers. O “You tend to be more careful with a black girl. Because you handle them with so much care – you don’t care about the other races.” – young black male interviewed April 1995
  4. 4. O Black women are seen as much “stronger” than white women, less open to sexual exploitation. Partly due to the view that black women are more aggressive and knowledgeable in interactions with black men. O Also regarded as sexually inaccessible in terms of casual encounters. Young black men agreed that they never looked to black girls for casual sex.
  5. 5. O Black women viewed with some trepidation. Could be due to their being symbols of solidarity and constraint. Upon meeting black women, the men felt they were being judged, especially in their role as a potential provider. O Consolidates the view of black women as financially independent and therefore in economic control within relationships. This in turn leads to the perception of black women as strong and outside the control of the black man, thus posing a threat to his masculinity.
  6. 6. OCommon features in how young black males try to establish control upon meeting black women: 1. They asked what the women did – so they could establish occupational superiority 2. They then asked if they had dated white men, if they had they would be thought of as ‘traitors’ and therefore no longer black which means the men would have sense of personal superiority.
  7. 7. O Reluctance amongst young black males to commit themselves to a relationship with white females is equally to do with ideology as it is personal preference. Such relationships were viewed by some as undermining community solidarity. One young black man was quoted as claiming, “It’s weakening my race.” O White women perceived as “their” women. Any involvement with them was seen in terms of the wider social position of black people. the woman is seen in relation to wider power structures and imbalances. Therefore, manipulation and objectification of white women can be seen as a response to wider social forces.
  8. 8. O When asked, most young black males gave “race” as the central feature in these relationships. Women become objectifications of “white” and men of “black”. O Interactions between the two are structured by overarching racial and sexual stereotypes, implemented by both sides. White women cast primarily within a sexual role, with little prospect of long-term commitments while black men are cast in the “black stud” role, fuelled by the myth of black male sexuality. O it would be too simplistic, therefore, to regard the attitudes of young black men as purely exploitative. Within the wider social arena in which such encounters take place, a number of other pressures and role constraints must be considered, rendering the whole concept of control ambiguous and shifting.

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