Are We Not Men?

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

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Harper's new book explores how various kinds of social difference are negotiated in a number of African-American cultural contexts. Some of his examples originate within the African-American community iteself, but the emphasis of his work is on the effect of the mass media in the larger culture. Harper's examination includes 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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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153.7 x 232.2 x 18.8mm | 423g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • halftones
  • 0195126548
  • 9780195126549

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...a thoughtful and provocative meditation on the complex status of the African-American male in American society. This book is essential reading for those seeking to understand how race and gender can be bound together into an oppressive set of stereotypes. * Henry Louis Gates, Jr. *show more

About Phillip Brian Harper

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

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In 1995, popular anxieties about black masculinity became evident in public reactions to the conclusion of the OJ Simpson trial and the Million Man March on Washington. The nation's divided response to the OJ verdict, together with the controversy surrounding Louis Farrakhan's call to black men to come together for a "day of atonement", brought issues of race and gender to the forefront of national debate. In his timely and incisive book Are We Not Men? Phillip Brian Harper explores issues of race and representation and shows that ideas about black masculinity have always played a troubled role both in the formation of African-American identity and in the mass media at large. Using examples from a variety of cultural contests, ranging from sports and pop music to literature and television, Harper shows the ways in which narrow definitions of black manhood have failed to acknowledge real differences within the African-American community - to grave social and political more

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