Date of Graduation

7-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Sociology and Criminology

Advisor

Lori Holyfield

Committee Member

Brandon Jackson

Second Committee Member

Juan Bustamante

Keywords

Black Men, Marriageablity

Abstract

The project aims to explore Black graduate men's conception of the term Marriageable Man. Traditionally, men's marriageability has been defined by their ability to attain consistent income and or in their ability to provide for a wife or a family (Johnson and Loscocco 2015; King and Allen 2009a). However, there is a need for more holistic marriageability measurements due to the evolution of marriage practices and desires (Coontz 2006, 2007). Marriageability is contextualized through classed definitions and presents different requirements for one's SES standing (Bridges and Boyd 2016). This project seeks to add to the literature by exploring Black men in graduate or professional studies and their understanding(s) of the term Marriageable Man. Due to their unique social standing position as men achieving higher education and as future potential high earners, their perspectives are important to marriageability studies.

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