This essay explores the logic of capitalism that shapes the experiences of a precarious Black Miami teen in the OWN television series David Makes Man. Analyzing seven episodes of the first season, we develop the concept of home-schooling to describe hustlin’ as a capitalist logic operating within Florida public housing and meritocracy as a capitalist logic celebrated at an elite magnet school to reveal imaginative possibilities of survival in Miami. In this essay, we engage the circuit of culture to interrogate issues of racialized-class in the television series and within a broader social context.
Home-Schooling in David Makes Man
Sasha J. Sanders is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas. Correspondence to: Sasha J. Sanders, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #305268, Denton, TX 76203, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Anjuliet G. Woodruffe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Correspondence to: Anjuliet G. Woodruffe, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 3058, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sasha J. Sanders, Anjuliet G. Woodruffe; Home-Schooling in David Makes Man. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 59–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.59
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