Contemporary Studies in Sociology: Black Male Socialization: Revisited in the Minds of Respondents Vol 16

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The term socialization, in sociology and social psychology, almost always denotes the process whereby individuals learn to behave willingly in accordance with the prevailing standards of their culture. Although occasionally used synonymously with learning, it is usually reserved for the type of learning that bears on future role performance, which particularly involves group approval. In this work, the black men interviewed talk of their early life experiences, and set the stage for a critical examination of the conventional interpretations of black male socialization. Only through the recollections and perceptions of early life experiences can black American males accurately be defined. This book responds to those experiences.

The term socialization, in sociology and social psychology, almost always denotes the process whereby individuals learn to behave willingly in accordance with the prevailing standards of their culture. Although occasionally used synonymously with learning, it is usually reserved for the type of learning that bears on future role performance, which particularly involves group approval. In this work, the black men interviewed talk of their early life experiences, and set the stage for a critical examination of the conventional interpretations of black male socialization. Only through the recollections and perceptions of early life experiences can black American males accurately be defined. This book responds to those experiences.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Foreword
Dominant Views of Black Male Socialization 1
Derivatives of Slavery 1
Myths and Stereotypes 8
Socialization and Black Family Life 11
Reference Group Identification and Expected Role Performance 21
Family Structure and the Socialization of Black Males 31
Black Family Structure 31
Societal Expectation and Black Males Behavioral Responses: A Literature Review 37
The Status of Black Males in America 43
Education 44
Crime 45
Alcohol and Drug Abuse 45
Health 45
Employment 46
Mortality Rate 46
Anger and Beyond 47
Transitions 49
Education: Primary and Secondary 50
Higher Education 51
Peer Groups 51
The Judicial System 52
Mass Media 53
Theoretical Orientation 55
Self Esteem 57
The Research 61
The Sample of Black Male Socialization 61
Age 61
Marital Status 61
Education 63
Number of Children 63
Employment Status 63
Structure of Family of Origin 65
The Structural-Functional Respective and Self-Esteem Data 80
Self Esteem and Other Variables 81
Epilogue 99
Appendix 105
References 113
Index 123
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