A Man Among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism (Paperback)

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A Man Among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism (Paperback)


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Award winner book of the Lee Ann Fujii Book Award, Paul Sweezy Outstanding Book Award, ISA Global Development Studies Best Book, co-winner of the ISA John Ruggie Annual Best Book Award, and co-winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Global Division Book Award.

A Man among Other Men examines competing constructions of modern manhood in the West African metropolis of Abidjan, C te d'Ivoire. Engaging the histories, representational repertoires, and performative identities of men in Abidjan and across the Black Atlantic, Jordanna Matlon shows how French colonial legacies and media tropes of Blackness act as powerful axes, rooting masculine identity and value within labor, consumerism, and commodification.

Through a broad chronological and transatlantic scope that culminates in a deep ethnography of the livelihoods and lifestyles of men in Abidjan's informal economy, Matlon demonstrates how men's subjectivities are formed in dialectical tension by and through hegemonic ideologies of race and patriarchy. A Man among Other Men provides a theoretically innovative, historically grounded, and empirically rich account of Black masculinity that illuminates the sustained power of imaginaries even as capitalism affords a deficit of material opportunities. Revealed is a story of Black abjection set against the anticipation of male privilege, a story of the long crisis of Black masculinity in racial capitalism.

This book has received honorable mentions by the African Studies Association Best Book Prize, by the American Anthropological Association Society for the Anthropology of Work Best Book, and multiple honorable mentions by the American Sociological Association (Sociology of Development Section; Race, Gender, and Class Section; and Sociology of Sex and Gender Section).

Jordanna Matlon is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501762932
ISBN-10: 1501762931
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2022
Pages: 306
Language: English