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ERIC Number: ED547830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 373
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-8899-2
The Nigrescence of the "Okay" Brother: a Phenomenological Study on the Impact of an Education in a Traditionally White Learning Institution on the Racial Identity Development of Black Males in Professional Careers
Edwards, Hayley E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Joseph's University
There are many stereotypes of the Black male that have been portrayed in the media through news stories, film, and television. They are often portrayed as shiftless, lazy, violent, or subservient, or praised for their athletic prowess, their music, or their value as entertainers. Occasionally, Black men are portrayed as the lone person of color immersed in a White world, but rarely are they portrayed as intelligent, well educated, well employed members of the Black community. Although they are often overlooked, there are members of the Black community that fit the description of the man illustrated in the previous paragraph. These men have achieved a level of success that allows them to enjoy a lifestyle that is typically affiliated with members of the dominate culture and is often achieved through an education in Traditionally White Institutions (TWI). Much like those that plagued President Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential race, the education and lifestyle choices of these men spawn questions regarding the racial identity of these men. This study examined the racial identity development of seven men who have experienced an education in one or more TWIs and pursued a career in a field traditionally dominated by Whites that has afforded them a lifestyle traditionally associated with Whites. What the study revealed was that although the experiences and lifestyles of these seven men appear to be quite different, their journeys to an identity as a Black man are strikingly similar when compared to existing racial identity theory. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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