What Is Cool?: Understanding Black Manhood in America

Marlene Connor, Author, Marlene Kim, Author Crown Publishers $20 (201p) ISBN 978-0-517-79965-9
Apparently the outgrowth of a decades-old undergraduate thesis, this book is distinctly amateurish. Freelance writer Connor asserts that cool is ``the new rules and new culture'' for blacks who reject white America, and that it is also ``perhaps the most important force in the life of a man in black America.'' She proceeds discursively through ``Street Cool,'' the mechanism for survival in the inner city; ``Revolutionary Cool,'' associated with the racial pride born in the 1960s; ``Middle-Class Cool,'' which allows survival on white campuses and in white workplaces; and ``Electronic Cool,'' as exemplified in the media. She observes, however, that cool has hampered relations between black men and black women, and she warns that the concept can be a limiting self-definition in a diverse world. Though this topic is worth exploring, the book lacks insights from anthropology, sociology or literature. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.