A New Look at Black Families / Edition 6

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The sixth edition of A New Look at Black Families draws on the research and experience of two black scholars who have lived and worked all over the country to explore the diversity of the black family experience. The range of families studied, from various economic backgrounds and living arrangements, helps overcome stereotyped conceptions about black family life. Among the many findings discussed in this, new edition are that, black men of achievement tend to identify mothers as their mentors, black women of achievement tend to identify their fathers, and that egalitarian households in which neither parent has total authority is a contribution from black families to U.S. culture. Using the household of President Obama as an illustration, the authors explore the benefits of extended family life. Finally this book reveals that during, the first decade of the twenty-first century, a majority of black people in the American labor force- for the first time in history-are classified as white-collar workers.

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Editorial Reviews

Adolescence Magazine
For a nuanced, readable, accurate picture of the state of the family in African America for scholars and their students, this New Look will be essential reading.
Journal Of African American Studies
A New Look at Black Families provides a provocative and precocious analysis of the diversity of the black family experience in which black families of all socioeconomic classes are regarded as contributing to the greater social fabric of American life.
Mario Luis Small
With a sensitive eye to the diversity of experiences that characterize African Americans, Willie and Reddick put to rest the stubbornly persistent notion of a single “black experience.” A book that does not shy away from either scholarly or policy controversies, A New Look at Black Families makes a valuable contribution to the national conversation on race.
Walter R. Allen
An outstanding, thoughtful, rigorous and revealing study of how race, class and family matter in 21st century America. These complex intersections are revealed in the voices, case studies and personal histories of Black women and men of achievement who share intimate portraits of Black family life in low-income, working-class and affluent circumstances. This book offers substantial theoretical, research, and policy lessons for readers interested in understanding the paradox of persistent inequality alongside improved life opportunities for some Blacks in our society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742570078
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 556,734
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles V. Willie, Ph.D., is the Charles W. Eliot Professor of Education emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D., is assistant professor of educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Black Families
1 Introduction 3
2 Family Life and Social Stratification 19
Pt. II Analyses of Black Families by Social Class
3 Middle-Class Black Families 39
4 Working-Class Black Families 59
5 Low-Income Black Families 69
6 Alternative Family Forms 79
Pt. III Family Power and Dominance
7 Maternal Mentoring Models 89
8 Paternal Mentoring Models 103
9 The Myth of Black Matriarchy 119
Pt. IV Black Families and the Social System
10 The Case for the Black Male 129
11 Socioeconomic Status among Racial Groups 137
Pt. V Conclusions
12 Interdependent Social Classes and Family Adaptations 159
References 171
Index 177
About the Authors 183
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