Document Type

Honors Thesis

Comments

This work was selected as an Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Scholarship and presented at the College of Arts & Sciences Annual Academic Symposium on May 7, 2014. Chloe Marshall's work was nominated by Dr. Jessica Sherwood.

Abstract

This project explores representations of Black masculinity in television, music, and cinema. I analyze specific genres of each medium that display images of masculinity seen by a variety of audiences. From these images, I derive character types that I analyze using R.W. Connell's theory of hegemonic masculinity. Ultimately, I draw conclusions about the media's contributions to a greater hegemonic model of masculinity for young Black males. The consequences of hegemony and patriarchal power are discussed as examples of how mainstream societal standards of gender identity are damaging to the progress of Black communities.

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