"Bravo to the authors! They have done an excellent job addressing the issues that are critical to community members, policy makers and interventionists concerned with Black families in the context of our nation."Michael C. Lambert, University of Missouri, Colombia
"African American Families is a timely work. The strength of this text lies in the depth of coverage, clarity, and the ability to combine secondary sources, statistics and qualitative data to reveal the plight of African Americans in society."Edward Opoku-Dapaah, Winston-Salem State University
"African American Families is both engaging and challenging and is perhaps one of the most important works I have read in many years. This book will most certainly move the discourse of the socio-economic conditions of black families forward, beyond the boundaries already set by other books in the market. African American Families is an excellent book whose time has come, and one that I would most definitely adopt." Lateef O. Badru, University of Louisville
African American Families provides a systematic sociological study of contemporary life for families of African descent living in the United States. Analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, authors Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith identify the structural barriers that African Americans face in their attempts to raise their children and create loving, healthy, and raise the children of the next generation.
- Uses the lens provided by the race, class, and gender paradigm: Examples illustrate the ways in which multiple systems of oppression interact with patterns of self-defeating behavior to create barriers that deny many African Americans access to the American dream.
- Addresses issues not fully or adequately addressed in previous books on Black families: These issues include personal responsibility and disproportionately high rates of incarceration, family violence, and chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.
- Brings statistical data to life: The authors weave personal stories based on interviews they've conducted into the usual data from scholarly(?) literature and from U.S. Census Bureau reports.
- Provides several illustrations from Hurricane Katrina: A contemporary analysis of a recent disaster demonstrates many of the issues presented in the book such as housing segregation and predatory lending practices.
- Offers extensive data tables in the appendices: Assembled in easy-to-read tables, students are given access to the latest national agencies data from agencies including the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, and Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as African American Families, Sociology of the Family, Contemporary Families, and Race and Ethnicity in the departments of Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, African American Studies, and Black Studies.
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About the Author
Earl Smith, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. He is the Director of the Wake Forest University American Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Smith is the former Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, from 1997-2005. Prior to his appointment at Wake Forest University, Professor Smith was the Dean, Division of Social Science at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington. He also served as Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at PLU. Professor Smith has numerous publications (books, articles, book chapters etc) in the area of professions, social stratification, family, urban sociology, and has published extensively in the area of the sociology of sport. His most recent book, Race, Sport and the American Dream will be published by Carolina Academic Press in the autumn of 2006.
Table of ContentsPreface1. African American Families: A Brief Introduction Objectives Introduction What We Hope to Accomplish The Question of Social Class Data Sources Organization of the Book Notes2. African American Civil Society: Issues, Approaches, Demography, and Theory Objectives Introduction Definitions Race as a Social Construct African American Families Structural Versus Individual Explanations African American Families: A Profile Theoretical Approaches to Studying African American Families Data and Methods Notes3. Family Formation, Marriage Rates, and Cohabitation Objectives Introduction Factors That Affect Family Form Functions and Purposes of Marriage Marriage Patterns The Marriage Gap In Their Own Words Race, Class, and Gender Analysis Summary: Outcomes of the Low Marriage Rate Solutions Notes4. Childbearing and Childrearing Patterns Objectives Introduction Childbearing Patterns Nonmarital Births Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm Conclusions Solutions Notes5. Intimate Partner Violence Objectives Introduction Definitions The Problem The Family Violence Approach The Feminist Paradigm Race, Class, and Gender Approach to Studying IPV The Dirty Little Secret: IPV in the African American Community African American Women as Victims/Survivors of IPV: Statistics/Rates Men and Masculinity Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm Solutions Notes6. HIV and Other Social and Health Issues Objectives Introduction The State of Health and Well-Being in African American Civil Society Racial Disparities in Chronic Diseases Racial Disparities in HIV/AIDS Leading Causes of Death Infant Mortality Outcomes of Poor Health: Premature Death Causes of Poor Health and Death Environmental Injustice The Politics of Health Care The Genetics (and Politics) of Race/Ethnicity and Health Race, Class and Gender Paradigm Solutions Notes7. Access to Opportunity: Educational Attainment and Occupational Segregation Objectives Introduction A Brief History of Race and Education Educational Attainment Access to Education: Legacy The Economy Race, Class, and Gender: African American Women's History of Work Occupations and Work Occupational Segregation: The Impact of Race and Gender Causes of Occupational Segregation Outcomes of Occupational Segregation Financial Outcomes: Lower Earnings Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm Solutions Notes8. Welfare and Wealth Objectives Introduction Income Versus Wealth Income and Income Disparities Wealth and Wealth Disparities Wealth Disparities and Access to the American Dream? Housing A Clear Illustration: Hurricane Katrina Poverty Welfare Welfare Reform Stereotypes About Welfare and Poverty Welfare Versus Work Welfare Reform and Family Values Welfare Reform and Incarceration, or African American Mothers Are Crackheads Race, Class, and Gender Analysis Solutions Notes9. African American Males and the Incarceration Problem: Not Just Confined to Prison Objectives Introduction Definitions Prisons as Total Institutions The Growth of Prisons: Institutions and Population The Purpose of Prison: Rehabilitation or a Tool of Capitalism? The Demographics of the Prison Population: Race and Gender Explaining Racial Disparities in Incarceration The Effects of Incarceration on the Lives of Young African American Men Felony Disenfranchisement Other Bans-Social Services Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm Solutions Notes10. Conclusion: Solutions to a Longstanding Problem: Race, Class, and Patriarchy in the 21st Century Summary and Review of the Primary Themes Degrees of Separation A Snapshot of the African American Family The Struggles The Causes Bans Family Form The Relationship Between Structural Forces and Individual Choices What Is To Be Done? Structural Forces: Race, Class, and Gender Final Thoughts NotesAppendicesReferencesAbout the AuthorsIndex