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Contesting slave masculinity in the American South

Doddington, David ORCID: 2018. Contesting slave masculinity in the American South. Cambridge Studies on the American South, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781108539425

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Contesting Slave Masculinity demonstrates the significance of internal divisions, comparison, and conflict in shaping gender and status in slave communities of the American South. Rather than automatically support one another against an emasculatory white society, enslaved people articulated ideas about masculinity through comparisons between men and different forms of manhood were held up for judgment. The tragedies and repressions of slavery were both personal and political: the choices enslaved people made and the identities they created were conditioned by, though not reducible to, the world in which they lived. An examination of the relational framework in which enslaved people crafted identities, and not purely in opposition to white social and cultural norms, demonstrates the fluidity of gender as a social and cultural phenomenon, the limitations to any monolithic model of black solidarity, and the connections between diverse strategies of survival to gendered values and identities.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108539425
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 10:18

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