Blume Oeur's research focuses on Black politics and gender practices in public schooling. Overarching themes in Blume Oeur's writings include schools as products of neoliberal ideologies, as sites of democratic empowerment and market demands, and as sites of Black respectability politics.
Develops a model of dignity to explain how young Black men claim recognition in an era of surveillance.
Provides an introduction to the field of critical masculinity studies.
Discusses the promises and pitfalls of grooming respectable young Black men in all-male public high schools.
Chronicles a year of triumphs, hope, and heartbreak at two all-male schools, a public high school and a charter high school, drawing on Freeden Blume Oeur’s ethnographic work to show how neoliberalism and the politics of respectability are transforming Black manhood.