While extensive attention has been paid to black youth, adult black British men are a notable omission in academic literature. This book is the first attempt to understand one of Britain's hidden populations - The post Windrush generation, who matured within a post-industrial British society that rendered them both invisible and irrelevant. Using ethnography, participant observation, interviews and his own personal experience, Kenny Monrose without an ounce of liberal angst, pulls no punches, and presents the reader with a fierce but sensitive study of a population that has been vilified and ignored.
The widely disseminated portrait of black maleness which habitually constructs black men as being either violently dangerous, or a social failure, is challenged by granting black men in Britain the autonomy to speak on sociological significant issues candidly and openly for themselves. This reveals how this group has been forced to negotiate a glut of political shifts and socially imposed imperatives, ranging from Windrush to Brexit, and how this have impacted on their life course. This provides a cultural uplift, and offers an authenticated examination and privileged insight of black British culture.
This book will be of interest to sociologists, cultural historians, sociologists and criminologists engaged with citizenship, migration, race, racialisation, and criminal justice.
1. Introduction, Personal Curiosity & Research Trajectory; 2. Historical Context; 3. Research, Approach & Methods; 4. Black British Self-Concept & Identities; 5. Being A Black Man; 6. The Crisis of The Black Family in Britain; 7. Uneducated, Educated or Mis-Educated?; 8. Religion; 9. Crime; 10. Conclusion.
Ethnography is a celebrated, if contested, research methodology that offers unprecedented access to people's intimate lives, their often hidden social worlds and the meanings they attach to these. The intensity of ethnographic fieldwork often makes considerable personal and emotional demands on the researcher, while the final product is a vivid human document with personal resonance impossible to recreate by the application of any other social science methodology. This series aims to highlight the best, most innovative ethnographic work available from both new and established scholars.