Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies

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Juan Battle, Sandra L. Barnes
Rutgers University Press, Nov 24, 2009 - Social Science - 474 pages
Why does society have difficulty discussing sexualities? Where does fear of Black sexualities emerge and how is it manifested? How can varied experiences of Black females and males who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), or straight help inform dialogue and academic inquiry?

From questioning forces that have constrained sexual choices to examining how Blacks have forged healthy sexual identities in an oppressive environment, Black Sexualities acknowledges the diversity of the Black experience and the shared legacy of racism. Contributors seek resolution to Blacks' understanding of their lives as sexual beings through stories of empowerment, healing, self-awareness, victories, and other historic and contemporary life-course panoramas and provide practical information to foster more culturally relative research, tolerance, and acceptance.


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Identity Theories and New Frameworks
Descriptions Depictions and Responses
Citizenship Activism and Legal Dynamics
Negotiating Systemic and Personal Stresses
The Life Course
Whats Next for the Study and Application of Black Sexualities?
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (2009)

Juan Battle is a professor of sociology and public health at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the coeditor of Free at Last?: Black America in the Twenty-first Century.

Sandra L. Barnes is a joint appointed professor in the department of human and organizational development sociology and the divinity school at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Cost of Being Poor: A Comparative Study of Life in Poor Urban Neighborhoods in Gary, Indiana.

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