Abstract

This is a critical qualitative study grounded in the tripartite frame of Black masculinity, critical race theory and career development theory. The study revealed that African American professional men experience repressive and facilitative structures due to gendered racism, which impacts their careers in ways that are different from their White male counterparts and African American professional women. The study adds to the small body of literature in adult education on career development and race and responds to the call for more culturally relevant career development.

Keywords

Adult Learning; African American Professional Men; Critical Race Theory; Culturally Relevant Career Development; Gendered Racism

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“I'm a Black man and I'm doing this job very well”: A Critical Examination of the Impact of Racism on the Career Development of African American Professional Men in Corporate America

This is a critical qualitative study grounded in the tripartite frame of Black masculinity, critical race theory and career development theory. The study revealed that African American professional men experience repressive and facilitative structures due to gendered racism, which impacts their careers in ways that are different from their White male counterparts and African American professional women. The study adds to the small body of literature in adult education on career development and race and responds to the call for more culturally relevant career development.