AAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 004 Black Men and Masculinity
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

For several decades, scholars, journalists, and policy advocates have argued that African American men are in a state of crisis. That claim has been sustained through assessments of their health, employment status, incarceration rates, educational attainment, and other measures and indicators. Throughout that same period of time scholars, journalists, and others have critically explored and debated various notions of black masculinity. In doing so, they have considered – and sometimes assertively challenged -- how this form of masculinity has often been taken to insinuate exaggerated forms of patriarchal expression, aggressiveness, sexual domination, and violent superiority.

This being the case, in this course we will explore a range of arguments that aim to define the social condition of African American men, the state of black masculinity, and various connections between the two. We will pursue a critical examination of research and research-informed commentaries, most of which are sociological studies. In the course of this effort, we will attempt to pose and answer questions about what, if anything, constitutes a condition of crisis for African American men and what needs to happen to and for them in order to improve their prospects in American society. The broader objectives for the course are to discern how and why a social problem gets defined as such, and how and why various approaches to addressing it appear as they do in scholarship and public commentary. Aside from critically engaging the course material, student will experience intensive classroom discussion and debate, and pursue multiple opportunities for expression and idea-sharing through short and mid-length writing exercises.

AAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
31457
Open
16
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
31459
Open
11
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
31482
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
31977
Open
6
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
32368
Open
1
1LSA Jr>
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
33445
Open
16
 
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WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780742528956
Tally's corner : a study of Negro streetcorner men, Author: Liebow, Elliot., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield 2003
Required
ISBN: 9780226316659
Living the drama : community, conflict, and culture among inner-city boys, Author: Harding, David J., 1976-, Publisher: The University of Chicago Press 2010
Required
ISBN: 9780226170312
Slim's table : race, respectability, and masculinity, Author: Duneier, Mitchell,
Required
ISBN: 1135869286
Progressive Black Masculinities?, Author: Mutua, Athena D., Publisher: Taylor and Francis 2012
Required
ISBN: 1943427615
Between the world and me., Publisher: IDreamBooks Inc 2015
Required
ISBN: 9780415969277
We real cool : black men and masculinity, Author: Hooks, Bell., Publisher: Routledge 2004
Required
ISBN: 0231505108
What It Means to Be Daddy : Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children., Author: Hamer, Jennifer., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2012
Required
ISBN: 9780520288348
The chosen ones : Black men and the politics of redemption, Author: Jones, Nikki, 1975-
Required
ISBN: 0393070387
Code of the street : decency, violence, and the moral life of the inner city, Author: Anderson, Elijah.
Required
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