Contemporary Black Identities and Personalities

William E. Cross

in The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195188059
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Contemporary Black Identities and Personalities

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Given the variety of acknowledged and unacknowledged social identities found among black people, it is daunting to capture, even in summary fashion, the scope of the discourse on black identity. There are so many possible points of entry. Whether the focus is personality or identity, the variability one encounters in black people almost defies analysis. There is no single way to be black nor is there a prototypic “black” personality. This article discusses important exemplars that help paint a picture of the range of black identities found among black people.

Keywords: black identity; black personality; social identities; black people; contemporary African Americans

Article.  14522 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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