Marginalisation of the Black Male

Insights from the Development of the Teaching Profession

miginalisation of the black male book cover_Errol Miller

Marginalisation of the Black Male: First and Second Editions

Published by the Institute of Social and Economic Research: University of the West Indies Mona, Kingston, Jamaica: 1986 First edition and Second edition, 1994. Both editions are currently out of print but are available in electronic format from the Kindle Store at Amazon.

Marginalisation of the Black Male is certainly among the first anywhere, and maybe the first, to define and document the phenomenon of male marginalization in society. This accounts for the fact that Miller is widely credited with having coined the phrase male marginalization although the term was used previously by R. T Smith with respect to certain kinship patterns in Guyana and Douglas Manley and examination performance in the Common Entrance in Jamaica. The First Edition is a case study that documents how public elementary schools teaching in Jamaica shifted from being by men who were predominantly Black in the second half of the nineteenth century and to being increasingly female in the first half of the twentieth century. This shift began after the introduction of Crown Colony Government and after the latter has first appeased grievances of the black majority that had led to the Morant Bay riot of 1865. Debates on the deliberate policies enacted by the Legislative Council of Jamaica in the 1890s, and recorded in Minutes, provide ample evidence of the intention of the Crown backed by some elected representatives. Excerpts from the debates in the Legislative Council in the 1890s on these policies are cited combined with analyses of social, economic and migration factors operative at the close of the 19th century as the State took over funding and responsibility for public elementary schooling. The Second Edition adds a theoretical framework that shows the wider significance of the case study beyond the particular circumstances of the gender of elementary school teachers, of Jamaica and of Black people.

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