How do Black men imagine who they are and what they must do ...within their families, communities, and the world? The essays in this collection both ask and attempt to answer this question. Based in communication, and drawing from diverse disciplines, Masculinity in the Black Imagination seeks to address identity, race, and gender by examining the communicative dimensions of Black manhood. The collection works to define, deconstruct, and contextualize the interactive practice of masculinity as both a local and global phenomenon.
Ronald L. Jackson II (University of Illinois, Urbana) is a leading scholar on cultural identity and the study of masculinity. He is the author of several books, including The Negotiation of Cultural Identity and Scripting the Black Masculine Body. He is also co-editor of African American Rhetoric(s); African American Communication and Identities; and Encyclopedia of Identity. Mark C. Hopson (George Mason University) is a leading scholar on critical intercultural communication, African American rhetoric, and Black masculinity studies. He has recently completed a book, Notes from the Talking Drum: Black Communication, Critical Memory, and Intercultural Communication Contexts.
Contents: Ronald L. Jackson II/Mark C. Hopson: Introduction - Robert Staples: The View from Abroad: Race, Gender and Politics - Matthew W. Hughey/Gregory S. Parks: "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?": Analyzing the Complexities of Black "Greek" Masculine Identity - Kimberly J. Chandler: How to Become a `BlackMan': Exploring African American Masculinities and the Performance of Gender - Mika'il Abdullah Petin: "Are You in the Brotherhood?": Humor, Black Masculinity, and Queer Identity on Prime-Time Television - Shannon B.S. Campbell/Steven S. Giannino: FLAAAAVOOOR-FLAAAV: Comic Relief or Super-Coon? - Toniesha L. Taylor/Amber Johnson: "Class, Meet Race": A Critical Re-Scripting of the Black Body Through Ghetto and Bourgeois Characters in American Films - Katrina E. Bell-Jordan: Still Subscribing to Stereotypes: Constructions of Black Masculinity in Popular Magazines - Timothy J. Brown: Scripting the Black Male Athlete: Donovan McNabb and the Double Bind of Black Masculinity - Rachel Griffin: Bearing Witness and Paying Mind: (Re)Defining the Meanings of Black Male Success - Rex L. Crawley: Black Man, Black Boy: An Auto-Ethnographic Exploration of the Issues Associated with Black Men Raising Black Boys - Christopher Davis: "Where My Citizens at?": The Criminalization of Black Manhood in Contemporary America - Baruti N. Kopano: Letter to My Sons: A Black Father's Ruminations on Black Manhood and Identity - Mark C. Hopson: Exploring Intercultural Sensitivity and Black Manhood Development in The Autobiography of Malcolm X.