Confessions and Declarations of Multicolored Men
by Frederick Douglass Alcorn (University of Puget Sound)
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This book is a culturally situated study of the experiences and perspective garnered from of a group of post-secondary Black African American, bi-multi-racial male students aged 19-37. The undergirding interest was to see if there was an awareness of the group's manly inclinations, tendencies and predispositions and understand how such awareness projects and influences their quest and discipline for learning and to academically achieve. The sociological construct of "habitus", as conveyor of dispositions, inclinations, and tendencies, provides an analytical framework permitting an appreciation of interactions between personal identity, social belonging and approaches to learning and education.
The result is an original and powerful account of the ways in which unspoken dominant mainstream intergroup cultural relationships, involving social-political attitudes, decision making, and behavioral reactions and responses, interact with internalized self-in-group or in ascription with group, oppression, repression, intellectual-cognitive-physical strategies, determination, and work, that have brought men of Black African American, bi-multi-racial descent, in the U.S., to their current social position. Unlike some public discourse in U.S. society, this is not a blame game, nor is it one of relinquishing self or group responsibility, but one based upon and motivated by a deeper understanding of complex facts.
The prose can be best described as an ethnographical narrative, synthesizing a wealth of original observations with insights from scholarly and popular literature and media. Its original and engaging style may appeal to a broad audience including postsecondary educators and students, researchers studying the sociology of gender, African American identity, intercultural relational communications, student services, social work, and social psychology as well as mental and physical healthcare practitioners.
Frederick Douglass Alcorn (Ed.D.) is presently an instructor at the Department of African American Studies and the Race and Pedagogy Initiative at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. He has taught coursework in teacher certification education, undergraduate and graduate levels, coursework in liberal arts undergraduate degree completion studies, sociology, interpersonal cultural and organizational communications, educational psychology, educational philosophy for sustainability, and multicultural education. He has held positions in human rights, human services, school district administration, state district legislative affairs, and educational equity technical assistance. He has previously authored social essays on race relations and on young Black male social-racialized issues, and poetry. He is a Vietnam War veteran who hails from Philadelphia, Pa. and Castle Hayne, North Carolina.