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Postgraduate Course: Black Male Studies: Understanding Racism as Misandric Aggression (PHIL11216)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe class will explore the use of masculinity/femininity and gender in the pathologization of racialized males in the U.S. and abroad.
Course description This class will trace the development of the gender analytic from the end of 19th century ethnology to 20th century social scientific discourses of Black male deficit. Particular attention will be paid to the work of criminologists of the 1970s and their contribution to modern feminist literature concerning the idea of Black masculinity in contemporary gender theory. This course will examine multiple theories discussing racist violence and caricatures against males including Errol Miller¿s Male Marginalization Thesis, Jim Sidanius¿s Subordinate Male Target Hypothesis, Anthony Lemelle Jr.¿s Feminization Thesis, and Tommy J. Curry¿s Theory of Misandric Aggression.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain influential positions and arguments concerning the development of the Black Male Studies.
  2. Critically assess these positions and arguments, drawing their own reasoned conclusions about their defensibility
  3. Explain the weakness and strengths of Social Dominance Theory compared to intersectionality and distinctions between misandric aggression and outgroup bias
  4. Better articulate their own views regarding the social scientific basis of modern gender theory
  5. Participate more meaningfully in discussions concerning intra-racial and inter-racial violence concerning Black males and their rates of victimization to sexual violence.
Reading List
Representative Readings

Errol Miller, ¿The Creation of Patriarchy,¿ & ¿Patriarchy¿s Problem with Alien Men,¿ in Men at Risk (Kingston: Jamaica Publishing House, 1991).

Errol Miller, Marginalization of the Black Male: Insights from the Development of the Teaching Profession (Barbados: Canoe Publishing, 1994), and "Male Marginalization Revisited," in Gender in the 21st Century: Caribbean Perspectives, Visions and Possibilities, eds. Elsa Leo-Rhynie & Barbara Bailey (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2004), 99-133.

Richard N. Pitt and George Sanders, ¿Revisiting Hypermasculinity: Shorthand for Marginalized Masculinities?,¿ in What¿s Up with the Brothers: Essays and Studies on African-American Masculinities, eds. Whitney Stewart Harris, Ronald Theodore Ferguson (Harrimon: Men¿s Studies Press, 2010).

Joyce Williams & Karen Holmes, The Second Assault: Rape and Public Attitudes (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1981).

Menachem Amir, Patterns in Forcible Rape (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1971).

Elliot Liebow, Tally¿s Corner: A Study of Negro Street Corner Men (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Marvin E. Wolfgang & Franco Ferracuti, The Subculture Of Violence: Towards An Integrated Theory In Criminology (London: Tavistock Publications, 1967).

Allan Barclay & D.R. Cusumano, ¿The Study of Man: Testing Masculinity in Boys without Fathers,¿ Transactions 5 (1967): 33-35.

Patricia Moran & Allan Barclay, ¿Effects of Father¿s Absence on Delinquent Boys: Dependency and Hyper-Masculinity,¿ Psychological Reports 62 (1988): 115-121.

Henry Biller, ¿A Note on Father Absence and Masculine Development in Lower Class Negro and white Boys,¿ Child Development 39.3 (1968): 1003-1006.
Ulf Hannerz, Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community (New York: Columbia University Press, 1969), 118-120.

Robert Staples, Black Masculinity: The Black Man¿s Role in American Society (San Francisco: Black Scholar¿s Press, 1982).

Clyde Franklin, ¿White Racism as ·the Cause of Black Male-Black Female Conflict: A. Critique,¿ Journal of Black Studies 15.2 (1984): 139-154; Black Male-white Male Perceptual Conflict,¿ The Western Journal of Black Studies 6.1 (1982): 2-9; and ¿Conceptual and Logical Issues in Theory and Research Related to Black Masculinity,¿ Western Journal of Black Studies 10.4 (1986): 161-166.

Ruby Lee Gooley, ¿The Role of Black Women in Social Change,¿ The Western Journal of Black Studies 13.4 (1989):165-172

Kathleen M. Blee and Ann R. Tickamyer, ¿Racial Differences in Men's Attitudes about Women's Gender Roles,¿ Journal of Marriage and Family 57 (1995): 21-30,

Andrea G. Hunter and Sherrill L. Sellers, ¿Feminist Attitudes among African American Women and Men,¿ Gender & Society 12.1 (1998):81-99.

Evelyn Simien, "A Black Gender Gap? in African American Perspectives on Political Science, ed. Rich Wilbur (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007), 130-150

Catherine Harnois, ¿Race, Gender, and the Black Women¿s Standpoint,¿ Sociological Forum 25.1 (2010): 68-85.

Catherine Harnois, ¿Complexity Within and Similarity Across: Interpreting Black Men¿s Support of Gender Justice, amidst Cultural Representations that Suggest Otherwise,¿ in Hyper Sexual, Hyper Masculine?: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the Identities of Contemporary Black Men, eds., Brittany C. Slatton and Kemesha Spates (Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2014), 85-102.

Anthony Lemelle Jr., Black Masculinity & Sexual Politics (New York: Routledge, 2010).

Jim Sidinias & Rosemary Veniegas, ¿Race and Sex Discrimination: The Interactive Nature of Discrimination,¿ in S. Oskamp (ed), Reducing Prejudice and Discrimination The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000), 47-69.

Melissa M. MacDonald et al., ¿Developing a Theory of Gendered Prejudice: An Evolutionary and Social Dominance Perspective,¿ in Kramer, R., Leonardelli, G., & Livingston, R. (Eds.) Social cognition, social identity, and intergroup relations: A festschrift in honor of Marilynn Brewer (New York: Psychology Press, 2011).

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns and Richard P. Eibach ¿Intersectional Invisibility: The Distinctive Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiple Subordinate-Group Identities,¿ Sex Roles 59.5 (2008): 377-391.

Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto, Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Tommy J. Curry, The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2017).

Tommy J. Curry, ¿Reconstituting the Object: Black Male Studies and the Problem of Studying Black Men and Boys within Patriarchal Gender Theory,¿ in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Race Theory and Gender, eds. Shirley Anne Tate & Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (New York: Springer International Publishing, 2022), 525-544.

Tommy J. Curry, ¿Decolonizing the Intersection: Black Male Studies as a Critique of Intersectionality¿s Indebtedness to Subculture of Violence Theory,¿ in Critical Psychology Praxis: Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality (Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology Series), ed. Robert Beshara (New York: Routledge, 2021), 132-154.

Adam Jones, ¿Gendercide and Genocide,¿ in Gendercide and Genocide, ed. Adam Jones (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2004), 1-30.

Augusta C. Del Zotto ¿Gendercide in a Historical-Structural Context: The Case of Black Male Gendercide in the United States,¿ in Gendercide and Genocide, ed. Adam Jones (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2004), 157-171.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Aspiration and personal development
Skill groups: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Tommy Curry
Tel: (0131 6)51 3083
Course secretaryMiss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400
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