New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity / Edition 1

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Overview

From headlines to street corners, the message resounds: Black men are in crisis. Politicians, preachers, and pundits routinely cast blame on those already ostracized within African American communities. But the crisis of black masculinity does not rest with "at-risk" youth of the hip-hop generation or men "on the down low" alone. In this provocative new book, acclaimed cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal argues that the "Strong Black Man" - an ideal championed by generations of African American civic leaders - may be at the heart of problems facing black men today.

Read Mark Anthony Neal's blog to accompany his latest book New Black Man:

http://newblackman.blogspot.com/

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Editorial Reviews

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Who or what is the "New Black Man"? Neal (black popular culture, Duke Univ.; Songs in the Key of Black Life) argues that, to survive, contemporary black men must disassociate themselves from the figure of the "Strong Black Man" as designed by W.E.B. Du Bois and Frederick Douglass and instead embrace that of the New Black Man, whose strength resides in community, family, and diversity. This new model derides sexism and homophobia, which Neal argues have sprung inadvertently from the models of the past. Far from being a dull polemic, Neal's new work is sharp, provocative, and often laugh-out-loud funny in the manner of Michael Eric Dyson and Ishmael Reed (caveat: Neal's language can be rough). Taken in conjunction with Phillip Brian Harper's Are We Not Men?: Masculine Anxiety and the Problems of African-American Identity, this book is a clarion call that should be read by the entire African American community. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415971096
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He is author of What the Music Said, Soul Babies, and Songs in the Key of Black Life, and co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : walking like a natural man
Ch. 1 There's a new black man in America today 1
Ch. 2 What the hell is a black male feminist? 31
Ch. 3 Queers in a barrel 67
Ch. 4 Bringing up daddy : a black feminist fatherhood 99
Ch. 5 "Ms. Fat Booty" and the black male feminist 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    New Top Black Man Best Seller

    This book is a touch of the truth about me as a black man today. I really relate to most all of issues involved with how the writer depict black men. I feel somehow touched in many of his views or arguements. Thanks Mr. M. Neal, good job.

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