Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Opprobrious Identities: The Enslaving Effect of Black Respectability on Queer Black Men
by Davis, Maurice, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 57; 1606111
Abstract (Summary)

This research demonstrates how black respectability politics impact the experiences of queer black men in coping with their twice-marginalized identities. Using qualitative semi-structured interviews with 14 research participants, this study addresses four main themes observed from the interviews: racism within the gay community, homophobia within the black community, sense of cultural lag among the African American community, and the influence of family for queer black men. The results confirm that queer black men display a great amount of resilience in coping with their two marginalized identities, black respectability politics seem to be evolving with time, and there is a lack of social activism amongst the majority of research participants. Comparisons were drawn between black respectability politics and the Down Low phenomenon to discuss coping strategies used by queer black men. Therefore, the experiences of these men, as representative of other underrepresented groups, are telling of the nature of respectability politics for the many African Americans that employ this practice as a means of social mobility and the attainment of equality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weissinger, Sandra
Commitee: Frey-Spurlock, Connie, Maatita, Florence
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, GLBT Studies, Gender studies
Keywords: African American men, Heteronormative, Homophobia, Masculinity, Queer, Racism
Publication Number: 1606111
ISBN: 978-1-339-36310-3
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