Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Criminal Justice


Delores Jones-Brown

Committee Members

Richard Curtis

Maria (Maki) Haberfeld

Subject Categories

Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice, Black masculinity, Risk of Criminal Justice Contct, Crime, Disproportionate Minroity Contact


Official statistics document that Black males experience disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system (CJS). Existing theory and research suggest that this contact may be attributed to unique attributes of Black masculine behavior. Utilizing a meta-analysis of Black masculinity studies and content analysis of narratives from a select sample of Black males, ages 19-50, the current study examines the similarities and differences between the construction and performance of normative or traditional masculinity, as measured by Mahalik et als’ CMNI and the attributes of Black masculinity as defined in the literature. A goal of the study was to assess whether Black males’ risk for disproportionate contact with the CJS is attributable to unique ways in which they construct, define, and engage masculine identities; or whether their risk for disproportionate contact with the CJS is substantially attributable to structural responses and impediments to their fulfillment of typical (normative) rather than atypical masculine roles.