The Man-Not
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The Man-Not

Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood

Tommy J. Curry

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The Man-Not

Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood

Tommy J. Curry

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The Before Columbus Foundation 2018 Winner of the AMERICAN BOOK AWARD Tommy J. Curry's provocative book The Man-Not is a justification for Black Male Studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim, oppressed by his sex. The Man-Not, therefore, is a corrective of sorts, offering a concept of Black males that could challenge the existing accounts of Black men and boys desiring the power of white men who oppress them that has been proliferated throughout academic research across disciplines.

Curry argues that Black men struggle with death and suicide, as well as abuse and rape, and their genred existence deserves study and theorization. This book offers intellectual, historical, sociological, and psychological evidence that the analysis of patriarchy offered by mainstream feminism (including Black feminism) does not yet fully understand the role that homoeroticism, sexual violence, and vulnerability play in the deaths and lives of Black males. Curry challenges how we think of and perceive the conditions that actually affect all Black males.

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Year
2017
ISBN
9781439914878
136 
Chapter 
3
Black 
male 
life. 
e 
territories 
of 
anti-Blackness, 
the 
urban 
landscape, 
the 
feu-
dal 
geography 
of 
the 
police 
state‚ÄĒall¬†
operate 
to 
conÔ¨Āne¬†
Black 
men 
to 
such 
poverty 
and 
cycles 
of 
abuse 
and 
death 
that 
theorization 
is 
desperately 
needed 
to 
account 
for 
the 
violence 
(economic, 
political, 
industrial) 
that 
turns 
Black 
men 
and 
boys 
into 
corpses. 
Black 
masculinity 
is 
conceptually 
conÔ¨Āned¬†
by 
its 
social 
result‚ÄĒBlack¬†
death‚ÄĒrather¬†
than 
life. 
Black 
masculinity 
reduces 
all 
Black 
males 
to 
a 
disposition, 
an 
ahistorical 
character, 
to 
demonstrate 
their 
power 
and 
abuse 
their 
contemporaries. 
So 
in 
theory, 
Black 
males 
are 
simply 
the 
less 
powerful 
casualties 
of 
the 
violent 
world 
they 
intimately 
sustain. 
ese 
patterns 
of 
perception, 
of 
collapsing 
death 
into 
the 
undesirability 
of 
thinking 
about 
the 
Black 
male, 
sustains 
the 
disciplinary 
disposition 
toward 
Black 
men 
generally 
and 
shows 
little 
possibility 
that 
these 
people/humans/lives 
can 
be 
thought 
of 
as 
more 
than 
the 
cessation 
of 
their 
existence 
in 
most 
people’s 
minds. 
How 
we 
think 
of, 
theorize, 
Black 
male 
death 
is 
the 
primary 
concern 
of 
the 
next 
chapter. 

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