• The Man-Not

  • Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood
  • By: Tommy J. Curry
  • Narrated by: Chris Monteiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Tommy J. Curry’s provocative audiobook The Man-Not is a justification for Black male studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim oppressed by his sex. The Man-Not, therefore, is a corrective of sorts, offering a concept of Black males that could challenge the existing accounts of Black men and boys desiring the power of white men who oppress them that has been proliferated throughout academic research across disciplines.

Curry argues that Black men struggle with death and suicide, as well as abuse and rape, and their genred existence deserves study and theorization. This audiobook offers intellectual, historical, sociological, and psychological evidence that the analysis of patriarchy offered by mainstream feminism (including Black feminism) does not yet fully understand the role that homoeroticism, sexual violence, and vulnerability play in the deaths and lives of Black males. Curry challenges how we think of and perceive the conditions that actually affect all Black males.

©2017 Temple University - Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This book is the one that I've been waiting for. Curry has taken a bullet for the brothers." (Ishmael Reed, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts)

"Required reading for anyone interested in understanding oppression or having unquestioned assumptions put to the test." (Charles W. Mills, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center)

"This is a triumph in Black studies and about how the African-American man and boy is written. I felt pride and satisfaction reading this book." (The Good Men Project)

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Well researched!

I applaud this book's brutal honesty. The author encourages us to keep an open mind to current events as well as historical facts that help him illustrate the precarious position of the black man in this American society.

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Amazingly honest and shockingly refreshing!!!!!

It was hard to listen to this book because it was saying a lot of things I did not want to hear about black men and people in general. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to listen to it tho. I recommend this book for everyone to listen to. Bravo to the narrator.

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Excellent Presentation

I highly recommend this Audiobook and the print copy of the Man-Not.

Breathtaking Magnum Opus!

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The Introduction Alone Makes This Book Worth Buying

This is the first book I’ve ever owned where I’ve been compelled to buy the physical copy due to how extensively the author supported his/her claims with studies, quotations, and verifiable statistics. This book is the only book of its type covering the subject matter and if you consider yourself a researcher of black culture this is a must-have.

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America lives in perpetual romanticism....

America can't even look at the truth let alone speak for it so I don't see much change down the road. Folks don't want to look at the hurtstory that is history.... So much has changed, yet so little has changed at the same time....

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The piece de resistance!

Everything I’ve felt as a black male in America the author has described in this book!

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Thank you Dr.Curry!!!

I learned about this book from Dr. T. Hasan Johnson. It has given me tools to better articulate the issues I've experienced in institutions of higher education and life in general. The greatest benefit of this book is that I am able to have deeper conversations with my oldest child as they negotiate becoming an adult. The narrator kept me engaged with the text and I looked forward to learning when I listened. Thank you Dr. Curry!!!

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A thought provoking and eye opening book

A must read for Black men to understand, see and change the way we see each other and how to take back our image and control the narrative of our story. But you must read this with an open mind so that you can articulate and communicate your image effectively. This should not make you sad or angry, but empowered to change one's self.

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I needed it!

sometimes we need a good unlearning of something and that was the first go through! I needed to know that something I wasn't paying attention to needed to be unlearned! Though I bookmarked the hell out of this book. I'm now more capable of learning it, going thru it this time! As a black man this book was a vital piece to missing puzzle pieces as a stream of thought, examples and vocabulary. scholarly delight!

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A Very Worthwhile Study

Essential for educators who work in Social Emotional Learning. Especially powerful in helping middle-child students with social awareness and self management!