A current concern of cultural studies has been the relationship between socially constructed gender identities and political and economic power. Recent debates have been shaped around the binary logic that gender must be treated as essentially male and female. Yet the history of U.S. culture reveals that African American men have been constructed as a specific gender category; that this gender category is reproduced through structural tropes that inform masculine social knowledge. The analysis traces that production and its policy implications.
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Lemelle, A.J. The political sociology of black masculinity and tropes of domination. Journal of African American Men 1, 87–101 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02692077
- Gender Category
- Master Narrative
- Political Sociology
- African American Culture
- Gender Harassment