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Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes Mc Adoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

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Twenty-one essays are arranged in sections on historical and theoretical conceptualizations of African American families, economics and social mobility, socialization within African American families, gender relations, and advocacy and family policies. The essays consist of reviews of the literature and analysis of issues such as family values, religion, roles of fathers, and women's perspectives. In this new edition some contributions remain unchanged and others have been updated; but most have been entirely rewritten. Paper edition (unseen), $25.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412936385
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 452,801
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriette Pipes Mc Adoo is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, Department of Family and Child Ecology. Previously, she was Professor at Howard University in the School of Social Work and Visiting Lecturer at Smith College, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota. She is a Director of the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family; was a National Adviser to the President of the White House Conference on Families; was former President and Board Member of the National Council on Family Relations; and was a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development. She was the first person honored by the National Council on Family Relations with the Marie Peters Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Leadership, and Service in the Area of Ethnic Minority Families. Dr. Mc Adoo received her B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and she has done post-doctoral studies at Harvard University. She has published on racial attitudes and self-esteem in young children, Black mobility patterns, coping strategies of single mothers, and professional Kenyan women and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. She is editor of Black Children: Social, Educational, and Parental Environments, Second Edition (2002, SAGE) and Family Ethnicity: Strength in Diversity, Second Edition (1999, SAGE), as well as Young Families, Program Review, and Policy Recommendations. She is coauthor of Women and Children, Alonge and in Poverty. She has four children and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Historical Conceptualizations of Black Families
1. African American Families: A Historical Note - John Hope Franklin
2. The Nguzo Saba and the Black Family: Principles and Practices of Well-Being and Flourishing - Maulana Karenga and Tiamoyo Karenga
3. Interpreting the African Heritage in African American Family Organization - Niara Sudarkasa
Part II. Theoretical Conceptualizations of African American Families
4. Conceptualizations and Research of African American Family Life in the U.S.: Some Thoughts - Jualynne Elizabeth Dodson
5. African American Family Life: An Instrument of Culture - Wade W. Nobles
6. African American Education: A Cultural-Ecological Perspective - John U. Ogbu
Part III. Spirituality and Religion in Black Families
7. Religion in African American Families - Harriette Pipes Mc Adoo
8. Old-Time Religion: Benches Can’t Say “Amen” - William Harrison Pipes
9. Sources of Racial Socialization: Theological Orientation of African American Churches and Parents - Pamela P. Martin and Harriette Pipes Mc Adoo
10. Death in the Family: Historical Description and Funerary Display in African American Families - La Trese Evette Adkins
Part IV. Family Patterns
11. African American Demographic Images - Harriette Pipes Mc Adoo
12. African American Female-Headed Households: Some Neglected Dimensions - Niara Sudarkasa
13. The Significant Other: Type and Mode of Influence in the Lives of Black Families - Wilhelmina Manns
Part V. Socialization Within African American Families
14. Parenting of Young Children in Black Families: A Historical Note - Marie Ferguson Peters
15. The Roles of African American Fathers in the Socialization of Their Children - Jonathan N. Livingston and John L. Mc Adoo
16. Family First, Then the World: The “Know-It-All” Aunt and Her Three Nephews - Darlene Clark Hine
17. Kin Keepers: Breast Cancer Prevention for African American Women - Karen Patricia Williams
18. Family Therapy: A Help-Seeking Option Among Middle-Class African Americans - Monica Mouton-Sanders
Part VI. African American Gender Relations
19. An Overview of Race and Marital Status - Robert Staples
20. In Search of Love and Commitment: Dealing With the Challenging Odds of Finding Romance - Audrey B. Chapman
21. Practices and Attitudes Toward Contraception in the Black Community - Algea Othella Hale
Part VII. Family Policies and Advocacy
22. A Portrait of Inequality - Marian Wright Edelman
23. The Impact of Welfare Reform on Black Families - Robert B. Hill

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