This volume focuses on the black family in the United States and the social forces and issues that affect it, including education, healthcare, racism, poverty, and politics. It examines the effects of these social forces on individuals as well as families.
Contributions are varied. "A Biscuit for a Letter" examines education in the antebellum South. "Black Intellectuals on Trial" and "Africans' Perspectives on Race in the US" both analyse the role of race and racism in America. "Feminization of Poverty and the Black Family" illustrates the double burden of race and gender borne by black women. "It's Gotta Be Some Drama!" analyses the televised depiction of black colleges and universities. "African-centred Research Frameworks" studies the importance of cultural awareness in academia. "Work to Be Done" recounts the activism of black women in the Democratic Party.
This volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to study of the black family in the United States, taking into account the forces of the larger society that influence it. The Black Family and Society is the most recent volume in Transaction's Africana Studies series.
About the Author
James L. Conyers, Jr. is university professor, director of the African American studies program, and director of the Center for the Study of African American Culture at the University of Houston. He also serves as editor for Transaction’s Africana Studies series.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction James L. Conyers, Jr.
2. A Biscuit for a Letter: Black Children and Education in the Antebellum South Vincent Willis
3. Examining Memorable Messages in the African American Family: Coping with Prejudice Jason Thompson and Rockell Brown-Burton
4. Black Intellectuals on Trial: Debating Race, Community, and Responsibility Marcia Walker-McWilliams
5. African Perspectives on Race in the African Diaspora: As Understood by Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah Rita Kiki Edozie
6. Feminization of Poverty and the Black Family: Ideological and Methodological Contestations Theresa Rajack-Talley and Latrica Best
7. "It's Gonna Be Some Drama!": A Content Analysis of HBCUs on BET's College Hill Siobhan Smith
8. African-centered Research Frameworks: Expanding the Boundaries of Cultural Competence in Evaluation Sarita Davis
9. "Work to Be Done": Democratic Pursuits and Black Women Activists, 1940s–1965 Courtney Thompson