Does Race Matter?: Perceptions of Masculinity among Black Males at a Predominantly White Institution

Brian L. McGowan

Abstract


The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how race influenced perceptions of masculinity among a sample of Black males at a predominantly White institution (PWI). Based on in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with 17 Black undergraduate males, findings suggest that participants had varying views on the influence of race on perceptions of masculinity that influenced how they negotiated the college campus. Based on the findings, recommendations for researchers and higher education practitioners looking to support the identity development of Black males on their respective campuses are offered and recommendations for future research is provided.


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