Cool Pose: The Dilemma of Black Manhood in America

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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.

To combat these feelings of oppression, black males have adopted a "cool pose." This ...

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Overview

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.

To combat these feelings of oppression, black males have adopted a "cool pose." This ritualized expression of masculinity, involving behaviour, speech, and physical and emotional posturing, suggests distance, irony, and superiority over outsiders, and delivers to others a clear message of strength and control. Unfortunately, this strategic style has created a chasm between black males who adopt it, and women and other men in their communities. By acting detached calm, fearless, aloof, and tough, they shield themselves from intimate, committed, and caring relationships.

Behind the mask of "cool"--a clear-eyed look at how African American inner-city youths defend themselves against the indignities, inequities, and injuries of ghetto life--a pose that leads to the real alienation of these young men from both the white world and their own communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671865726
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 542,181
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Excellent Book

    This book is a must for every young black man in america facing challenges. It should also be read by parents, wives etc.. For anyone who wants to truly understand the brothers.

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