The construction of black masculinity has been the focus of many studies (Cazenave, 1984;Ferguson, 2001). Often researchers examine the performance of black masculinity but only a few critique intuitional practices that influence the performance of black men. Confronting systemic inequality, and punitive social controls are necessary in studying black masculine role performance. This research examines black men’s understanding of external influences through the narratives of six men. This is an exploratory study of college-educated men from low socioeconomic neighborhoods, and men currently residing in low socioeconomic neighborhoods, to gauge perceptions of maneuverability of identity in and out of different spaces. I assess media portrayal, law enforcement practices, and experiences within institutions of education and local neighborhoods and communities’ influence on the construction, perception, and performance of black masculinity.


Nurse, Anne


Sociology and Anthropology


Inequality and Stratification


black masculinity, low socioeconomic backgrounds, young black men, educated men and non educated men

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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