Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York - Justice, Power and Politics (Hardback)
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Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York - Justice, Power and Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/06/2020
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In the wake of emancipation, black men in northern urban centers like New York faced economic isolation, marginalization, and racial violence. In response, some of those men opted to participate in underground economies, to protect themselves when law enforcement failed to do so, and to exert control over public space through force. Douglas J. Flowe traces how public racial violence, segregation in housing and leisure, and criminal stigmatization in popular culture and media fostered a sense of distress, isolation, and nihilism that made crime and violence seem like viable recourses in the face of white supremacy. He examines self-defense against state violence, crimes committed within black social spaces and intimate relationships, and the contest of white and black masculinity.

Drawing from prison and arrest records, trial transcripts, personal letters and documents, and investigative reports, Flowe opens up new ways of understanding the black struggle for freedom in the twentieth century. By uncovering the relationship between the fight for civil rights, black constructions of masculinity, and lawlessness, he offers a stirring account of the lives of black men pushed to the margins.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469655727
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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