Cool Pose: The Dilemma of Black Manhood in America

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 1993 - Social Science - 144 pages
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Black men learned long ago that the classic American virtues of thrift, preserverance, and hard work did not give them the same tangible rewards that accured to white men. Yet they have defined manhood in similar terms: breadwinner, provider, procreator, protector. Without the means to adequately fulfill these roles, many have become frustrated, impatient, angry, embittered, and alienated.
 

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Contents

Expression and Survival
1
Social Stress and Social Symptoms
11
Cool Pose and Masculinity
27
In Search of Pride and Manhood
37
The Genesis of Black Masking
55
The Expressive LifeStyle
69
The Cool Cat LifeStyle
79
Playing the Dozens
91
Summary and Implications
105
Notes
121
Bibliography
127
Index
137
About the Authors
143
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Richard Majors, visiting fellow and scholar, David Walker Research Institute, Michigan State University, is author "of The American Black Male: His Present Status and Future. "He serves as deputy editor of Journal "of African American Men.

Janet Manctni Billson is professor of sociology at The George Washington University and former director of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C. Author "of Keepers of the Culture: The Power of Tradition in Women's Lives, "she co-authored, with Richard Majors, "Cool Pose: Dilemmas of Black Manhood in America.

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