Are We Not Men?

Are We Not Men? : Masculine Anxiety and the Problem of African-American Identity

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This study explores how various kinds of social difference are negotiated in a number of African-American cultural contexts. Some of the examples originate within the African-American community itself, but the emphasis of the work is on the effect of the mass media in the larger culture. Topics examined include the treatment of anchorman Max Robinson's AIDS-related death, homophobia and chauvinism in the black music industry, television and more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 halftones, bibliography
  • 0195092740
  • 9780195092745

About Phillip Brian Harper

About the Author: Phillip Brian Harper is Associate Professor of English at New York University. He is the author of Framing the more

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"This book rises head and shoulders above all the publications on the trendy subject of black masculinity. Phillip Brian Harper writes courageously and without rancor about the common homophobic ground in black high- and low-brow culture, and the common structure of discrimination in white 'serious museum' as well as popular culture."--Manthia Diawara, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, Director, Africana Studies, NYU"Phillip Brian Harper has an elegant sense of irony, a keen eye for contradiction, and a serious message to convey. These essays on masculinity, race, and homophobia are meticulous, witty, thoughtful, sobering, and absorbing. This is cultural criticism at its best."--Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University Law Schoolshow more

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