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Freeden Blume Oeur

Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University

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About Freeden

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.


Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society (edited with Edward W. Morris) (SAGE Publishing, 2018).

Provides an introduction to the field of critical masculinity studies.

"The Respectable Brotherhood: Young Black Men in an All-Boys Charter High School" Sociological Perspectives 60, no. 6 (2017): 1063-1081.

Discusses the promises and pitfalls of grooming respectable young Black men in all-male public high schools.

"Recognizing Dignity: Young Black Men Growing up in an Era of Surveillance" Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 2 (2016).

Develops a model of dignity to explain how young Black men claim recognition in an era of surveillance.

"Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools" (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

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.