African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity

African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity

African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity

African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity

Synopsis

This volume brings together leading experts from different disciplines to offer new perspectives on contemporary African American families. A wealth of knowledge is presented on the heterogeneity of Black family life today; the challenges and opportunities facing parents, children, and communities; and the impact on health and development of key cultural and social processes. Comprehensive and authoritative, the book critically evaluates current policies and service delivery models and offers cogent recommendations for supporting families' strengths.

Excerpt

Few would dispute that the family is the basic social unit in the organization of human society and a primary context for the development and socialization of society's children (Hill, 1993). These axioms undergird efforts to modify family processes and understand factors that protect, strengthen, threaten, or otherwise affect these processes. They also stoke acrimonious debate about the legitimacy of particular family forms and practices, particularly those thought to have either direct or indirect influences on children's development and well-being. African American families, especially those at the lower end of the income distribution, often have been at the center of these debates, owing to their differences from “mainstream” American families in terms of family structure, living arrangements, and childrearing practices. Some of these differences have been purportedly linked to poor child functioning (e.g., Bracey, Meier, & Rudwick, 1971; Kelley, 1997; Moynihan, 1971; Peters, 1978; Quadagno, 1994; Tulkin, 1972).

This volume, informed partly by these controversies, focuses attention on emerging issues in numerous facets of African American family life, including family formation, marital relations, childrearing, care of the elderly, employment, and religious practices. Special attention is given to recent contributions to our understanding of how African American families accommodate, subvert, transform, and otherwise . . .

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