Performing Black Masculinity
Race, Culture, and Queer Identity
By (author) Bryant Keith Alexander
Publication date:24 July 2006
Length of book:282 pages
This is a remarkable set of linked essays on the African American male experience. Alexander picks a number of settings that highlight Black male interaction, sexuality, and identity_the student-teacher interaction, the black barbershop, drag queen performances, the funeral eulogy. From these he builds a theory of Black masculine identity using auto-ethnography and ideas of performance as his base.
This is a vastly important book. In every chapter, the rich theoretical breadth of Alexanders's radically interdisciplinary thinking is meaningfully linked to a multi-sited ethnography and politics of human experience. Theory and practice are merged in Performing Black Masculinity to deepen and illuminate the "everyday" particularly the hidden complexities of race, sexuality and economies of belonging. This work is personal and political offering fresh, new insights to the relevance of autoethnography as a method of critical reflexivity that at its best is always already contesting both the small and the large machinations of injustice.