Fractals of Black Macho Youth

Biko Agozino, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This paper is a cross-cultural analysis of the impacts of justice, family, education and media institutions on young black men in South Africa, compared to the United States and Aboriginal Australians through their socialization into what many writers have identified as the myth of the black macho. I would like to find out the extent to which young black men have bought or rejected the dominant images of the 'dangerous macho young black male' in contrasting cultural settings and the consequences of the macho ideology or lack of it on their interaction with the law, families, schools and the mass media. The paper would adopt fractal non-linear chaos theory - a multicultural approach to masculine blackness. This will involve intensive theoretical discourse to examine why the culturally distinct categories of young black men face a common experience of discrimination in the powerful educational, legal and mass media institutions dominated by hegemonic masculinities. Modernist theories would assume a positivistic causality between color and masculinist deviance, whereas poststructuralist theory follows the assumption that there is a non-linear order in the chaos confronting the young black 'macho' with fractured identities.

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