"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.
Chapter 16: Masculine Multiracial Comedians
Masculine Multiracial Comedians
This chapter examines constructions of masculinity, race, and multiraciality among male comedians who identify as more than one race. American comedy has historically been a popular site for expressing both masculinity and race. Masculine multiracial identities are both shaped by and mediate power relations involving meanings of masculinity, race, and mixed race. Multiracial comedians provide an alternative to dominant portrayals of mixed-race identity as a tragic situation. After providing an overview of dominant theories of masculinity, mixed race, and ethnic comedy, i examine how expressions of masculinity and mixedness among comedians exemplify, challenge, and provide alternatives to such models.
Dominant Models of Masculinity and Mixed Race
The dominant hegemonic model of masculinity is that of the powerful man: ...