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Looking for Leroy [electronic resource] : illegible black masculinities / Mark Anthony Neal.

By: Neal, Mark Anthony.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : New York University Press, [2013]Description: 1 online resource (pages cm.).ISBN: 9780814789407 (electronic bk.); 0814789404 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): African American men | African American gay men | African American men in popular culture | Men -- Identity | Masculinity | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender StudiesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Looking for Leroy.DDC classification: 305.38/896073 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
A foot deep in the culture: the thug knowledge(s) of a man called Hawk -- "My passport says Shawn": toward a hip-hop cosmopolitanism -- The block is hot: legibility and loci in the Wire -- R. Kelly's closet: shame, desire, and the confessions of a (postmodern) soul man -- Fear of a queer soul man: the legacy of Luther Vandross -- Postscript: looking for Denzel, finding Barack.
Summary: Mark Anthony Neal's Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most "legible" black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gender
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A foot deep in the culture: the thug knowledge(s) of a man called Hawk -- "My passport says Shawn": toward a hip-hop cosmopolitanism -- The block is hot: legibility and loci in the Wire -- R. Kelly's closet: shame, desire, and the confessions of a (postmodern) soul man -- Fear of a queer soul man: the legacy of Luther Vandross -- Postscript: looking for Denzel, finding Barack.

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Mark Anthony Neal's Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most "legible" black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gender

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