Media Representations of Popular Culture Figures and the Construction of Black Masculinities

Show simple item record Goodwill, Janelle Anyiwo, Nkemka Williams, Ed-Dee Johnson, Natasha Mattis, Jacqueline Watkins, Daphne 2019-09-10T18:51:45Z 2019-09-10T18:51:45Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Psychology of Men & Masculinities, vol. 20, no. 3, 2019, pp. 288-298 en_US
dc.description.abstract The present study explores the construction of masculinity among young Black men. Of central concern is young Black men’s subjective reflections on the role that popular culture and media have in informing how they understand and define their ideas of masculinity. The study uses interview data from a larger pilot study, the Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health Project, where participants sought to elucidate perceptions of the intersections between manhood and mental health. Study participants included 18- to 26-year-old Black men (n 11) enrolled at a university in the Midwest. When asked to describe and identify their definitions of manhood, participants referred to well-known male media figures of the past and present, and specifically identified various social movement leaders, athletes, and entertainers who were central to their conceptualization of manhood. Moreover, men identified both positive and negative qualities of these popular figures to determine aspects they either aspired to adopt or reject when forming their own ideas about manhood. Study findings show that popular culture figures play complex roles in Black men’s constructions of masculinity while uncovering that Black men use the images of these figures to deconstruct harmful, antiquated stereotypes and tropes associated with Black masculinity. Popular culture figures are also used to highlight and grapple with complex messages about the disposability of Black men’s lives. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Psychological Association en_US
dc.subject Black/African American men en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject popular culture en_US
dc.subject media en_US
dc.title Media Representations of Popular Culture Figures and the Construction of Black Masculinities en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Social Work
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.description.peerreviewed Peer Reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationum School of Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl Anyiwo Williams Johnson Mattis Watkins 2019 Media Representations of Popular Culture Figures and the Construction of Black Masculinities.pdf
dc.identifier.doi 10.1037/men0000164
dc.identifier.source Psychology of Men & Masculinities en_US
dc.owningcollname Social Work, School of (SSW)
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