Modeling Manhood: Reimagining Black Male Identities in School

Jarvis R. Givens, Na'ilah Nasir, kihana Ross, Maxine Mc Kinney de Royston

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This paper examines the process by which stereotypical mainstream representations of black males (as hard, as anti-school, and as disconnected from the domestic sphere) were reimagined in all-black, all-male manhood development classes for 9th graders in urban public high schools. Findings show that instructors debunked stereotypes and created new definitions of black manhood through the practice of modeling manhood, critiquing existing notions of black manhood, establishing a caring community, and role modeling new ways of being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-185
Number of pages19
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Black manhood
  • Education
  • Identity
  • Role modeling
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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