This paper explores the absence or presence of role models in the lives of black men. Through qualitative analysis, I explored how the presence or absence of a role model influences black men’s personal and social identity development. I also explored the importance and impact that role modeling has on the participants’ view of: self; their surrounding communities; and society throughout various stages of their life. The topics of identity development and role modeling were explored using a qualitative, interview-based analysis, incorporating Intersectionality and Social Learning theoretical frameworks. The study consists of 15 black men from diverse social environments who were willing to share in-depth stories of experiences, attitudes, and perspectives of role models (throughout their adolescent years and adulthood), along with reflections on their identity development as black men living in marginalized, urban, and diverse social environments. From the study arose: discussions of Black Male Heroes (BMH) and other influential role models within the participants' lives; positive and negative role models in black communities; and questions and concerns pertaining to black manhood/masculinity.
|Commitee:||Cox, Kiana, Weissinger, Sandra|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Black studies, Sociology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Black men, Identity development, Intersectionality, Role model(s), Social learning theory|
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