Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era

Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era

by Marlon B. Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814775632

ISBN-13: 9780814775639

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Manning the Race explores how African American men have been marketed, embodied, and imaged for the purposes of racial advancement during the early decades of the twentieth century. Marlon Ross provides an intellectual history of both famous and lesser-known men who have served—controversially—as models and foils for black masculine

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Manning the Race explores how African American men have been marketed, embodied, and imaged for the purposes of racial advancement during the early decades of the twentieth century. Marlon Ross provides an intellectual history of both famous and lesser-known men who have served—controversially—as models and foils for black masculine competence.

Ross examines a host of early twentieth-century cultural sites where black masculinity struggles against Jim Crow: the mobilization of the New Negro; the sexual politics of autobiography in the post-emancipation generation; the emergence of black male sociology; sexual rivalry and networking in biracial uplift institutions; Negro Renaissance arts patronage; and the sexual construction of the black urban folk novel. Focusing on the overlooked dynamics of symbolic fraternity, intimate friendship, and erotic bonding within and across gender, Manning the Race is the first book to integrate same-sexuality into the cultural history of black manhood. By approaching black manhood as a culturally contested arena, this important new work reveals the changing meanings and enactments of race, gender, nation, and sexuality in modern America.

Manning the Race opens new approaches to the study of black manhood in relation to U.S. culture. Where previous books tended to emphasize how individual black men's identities have been reactively informed by the U.S. regime of race and sexuality, Manning the Race makes the case for understanding how black men themselves have been primary agents and subjects in formulating the identity and practices of black manhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814775639
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
463
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

ITrespassing the color line : aggressive mobility, sexual transgression, and racial consolidation in new negro movements15
1Un/sexing the race : modernizing and marketing the new world negro21
Migratory mobility and the sexually assertive race tract : Chesnutt and Pickens26
Staging the race : verbal display in Du Bois and Washington41
The arrested gaze : the race album and the fraternal look of the new world negro61
The inner genius of new negrodom : the aesthetics of modernity in Locke's New negro77
2The cool pose of racial trespassing : new negro personal narrative as Jim Crow realism90
Defending manhood as new negro weapon : Pickens's Bursting bonds94
Sissy heroics : Walter White's Fire in the flint105
The black body as uplift instruemnt : the personal narratives of Ida B. Wells and Taylor Gordon120
3New negro social science : sexual deviance, black male professionalization, and the sociology of containment145
The migratory nether world : the "submerged tenth" in Du Bois's sociology of surveillance149
The black male sociologist as chivalrous Christian mediator : George Edmund Haynes162
The social accommodations of Chicago sociology in Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier166
Between the lines of Drake and Cayton's Black metropolis186
IINegotiating racial uplift : gender rivalry and erotic longing in the making of new negro patronage193
4Civilizing acts : the sexual appeals of patronage in new negro political organizing200
The machinery of patronage204
Mothering the race : the white woman as race patron225
Tutoring "the lady of the races" : the ambivalent attraction of the white male patron238
5Midwifing the renaissance : prostitution, same-sexuality, and the procreative logic of patronage252
Tropes of affiliation : theorizing the sexual subtexts of renaissance patronage253
The false(tto) accent of white bothemianism : McKay's patronage attack267
Godmothering and the psychic traps of race patronage281
"Pussy-footing" Dr. Locke : masculine networking as (homo)racial contest284
III"A city jungle this" : footloose desire and the sexual underworlds of Harlem renaissance fiction301
6Waging urban warfare : violence, fraternity, and eroticism in black men's urban folk narrative309
Rudolph Fisher's moderated manhood315
Reforming martial and marital values of manhood in McKay's Home to Harlem330
Pals and lovers : companions and men-loving men in the urban folk novel337
7Unromantically inclined : female protagonists and the resistance to dominant masculinity355
Mobile heroines : the female-centered precursors of urban folk fiction357
The quicksand of black feminine desire363
Same-sexuality, sadomasochism, and feminine rebellion in Thurman's Blacker the berry379

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