Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What Does it Mean to be a Black Leader in Contemporary Society?
by Long, Jonathan H. N., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 58; 1573145
Abstract (Summary)

In our social system, we often see the operations of a country that is polarized and self-invested, and yet through all the collective debacles within contemporary society, a cry for leadership echoes. The social concept of Black leadership is one that has not just been a spectacle of discussion but also an issue of definition and galvanization. Many individuals within the Black or African American community anecdotally romanticize about the times and leaders of the past, as if they don't exist in the same fashion today. This thesis work focuses on the broader perspective of Black leadership in a contemporary sense and how it is defined by Black social actors who participant in social change activities. Targeting a national population of participants, the thesis work shows 10 semi-structured qualitative interview analyses. As a result Black leadership in contemporary society puts Black issues first (Black issues first), is patriarchal in its actions (Black leadership as patriarchal), decentralized (decentralized Black leadership) and entitled (Black entitlement) to a voice that can praise as well as criticize American social operations. With the many sociologically timely issues for instance the anniversaries of various Civil Rights happenings, the dawn of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown and the death of Eric Garner, the Black leadership thesis adds to the contemporary scholarly research regarding the legacy, movement and evolution of Black leadership in its pursuit to alleviate Black community issues, while shining light on a larger context of cultural/social leadership within America.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Markowitz, Linda
Commitee: Kauzlarich, David, Rambsy, Howard
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Black leadership, Black social actors, Post-racialism
Publication Number: 1573145
ISBN: 978-1-321-49360-3
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