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While Black American individuals share features based on race, intragroup differences occur around gender. Stereotypes and images of Black American women and men vary, leading to differences in the ways they behave, function, and engage in relationships. The terms racialized gender or gendered race capture the notion that experiences of individuals within the same racial or ethnic group differ according to experiences of gender. Gender and racialized gender are influenced by socialization experiences, gender role expectations, and historical images and perceptions. This entry discusses gender, gender identity, and gender role expectations for Black Americans.

Characteristics and Strengths of Black Americans

Black Americans share many values and belief systems that extend from African traditions and their African heritage. These Afrocentric values influence behaviors, beliefs, and relationship choices. Many ...

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