Date of Award

12-13-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Jamae Morris

Second Advisor

Lia Bascomb

Third Advisor

Sarita Davis

Abstract

This study will explore the connections, if any, between male socialization and rape culture at a Black college for men by asking the research question, “How does male socialization at Morehouse College affect the students’ understanding of rape culture?” Rape culture refers to a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse. As this study seeks to capture the culture of the campus, it will take on a critical ethnographic approach. While engaging in semi-structured interviews with self-identified Black, former students of Morehouse College, this study will also engage two other data collection methods: participant observation and a social media analysis in hopes of contributing to the literature on rape culture, gender relations, and masculinity in the field of African American studies.

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