Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Now that we've found love what are we gonna do with it?: a narrative understanding of black identity

By Patrick Hylton and Hugh Miller


This paper offers an interpretation of the changes in Black identity during the last century. By drawing on psychological literature and cultural artefacts, changing understandings of Blackness are read as different narrative forms. The shift from ‘Negro’ to ‘Black’ is presented as a shift from tragicto romanticnarrative, while the ‘African’ narrative that now occupies the centre stage of Black identity represents a satiricalstory. It is suggested that with a growing awareness of being both Black and ‘something else’, the apparent opposing themes in performing Blackness can be resolved by enacting a comedynarrative. There is some evidence that the comedy narrative is present but it has yet to gain ascendancy

Topics: C800 Psychology, V320 Social History, C880 Social Psychology, C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0959354304043641
OAI identifier:
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.