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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671865722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671865726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Earl R. Sutton on September 28, 2005
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"Behind the mask of 'cool'--a clear-eyed look at how African American inner-city youths defend themselves against the indignities, inequities, and injuries of ghetto life--a pose that leads to the real alienation of these young men from both the white world and their own communities."--courtesy of Barnes & Noble

FROM THE PUBLISHER

"Black men learned long ago that the classic American virtues of thrift, preserverance, and hard work did not give them the same tangible rewards that accured to white men. Yet they have defined manhood in similar terms: breadwinner, provider, procreator, protector. Without the means to adequately fulfill these roles, many have become frustrated, impatient, angry, embittered, and alienated.

"To combat these feelings of oppression, black males have adopted a 'cool pose.' This ritualized expression of masculinity, involving behaviour, speech, and physical and emotional posturing, suggests distance, irony, and superiority over outsiders, and delivers to others a clear message of strength and control. Unfortunately, this strategic style has created a chasm between black males who adopt it, and women and other men in their communities. By acting detached calm, fearless, aloof, and tough, they shield themselves from intimate, committed, and caring relationships."--courtesy of Barnes & Noble
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LaMetrius Jackson on May 22, 2001
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Cool Pose is an excellent book. It addresses the word "cool" and how it plays a major part in the mind of afro-american men. I commend the authors for dealing with the issue of coolness because it is a term that has great relevance in the minds of young afro-american men( unfortunately older men too), yet no one has discussed it in great depth. Read this book...and it discusses other topics as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Roman on February 9, 2013
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Although it's 20 years old and somewhat dated with terminology, the book is still timeless. Sadly, the issues it addresses are still alive and well. A must read for anyone who works with young black males.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DavidC.Benjamin on December 16, 2012
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This book faces the issue of what drives the behaviour (so much of which is ultimately dysfunctional) of youngb black males. Starting with the need to fit in, to cope and to find a way to command a place in their environment. A good basis for understanding what needs to be done to lead them to being more fulfilled members of the wider society.
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By Gus Williams on March 23, 2014
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This book was a required reading for my social work class. I had not heard of this book at all but once I picked the book up I could not put this book down. This book opened my eyes to the butt naked truth about black people. I recommend this book to anyone desiring insight and understanding of black men.
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The book got to me when it was supposed to (even though it was on a Sunday)... The book itself is a really good read. The publications date is a little old, but it is still very relevant to today.
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