One of the Children: Gay Black Men in Harlem

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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact.

Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1996.

Author: William G. Hawkeswood & Editor: Alex W. Costley

Paperback Published May 2021 266 pages

"Hawkeswood died of HIV/AIDS before this book was published; he completed the manuscript while quite ill. The book represents an important challenge to a next generation of researchers to tell more of the stories of more gay Black men in all their personal and political complexity."Gender and Society

"Hawkeswood has made an important contribution in light of the fact that research on gay men “rarely focuses on minority groups." This book helps to fill that void, giving us a rich detailed familiarity with the institutional affiliations, identity practices, and spiritual sensibilities of 57 adult gay men of African descent living in Harlem. . . . The text is strong on details in the lives of these men, with many long richly detailed quotes that provide us with a better understanding of how they give meaning and significance to many aspects of their lives."American Journal of Sociology

"This is an important book. It provides a useful complement to the many ethnographies of black urban life that ignore gay life and the social richness of daily life in black urban enclaves. It is especially important for the growing field of sex studies."Contemporary Sociology

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