Black American Families, 1965-1984: A Classified, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Black American Families, 1965-1984: A Classified, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Black American Families, 1965-1984: A Classified, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Black American Families, 1965-1984: A Classified, Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

This new bibliography offers access to journal articles, books and book chapters, doctoral dissertations and masters theses, government and university reports, and other materials. It covers an extended range of topics and encompasses recent work in the social sciences and health sciences, as well as the human services profession. The bibliographic section presents more than 1,100 numbered citations arranged alphabetically by author, with entries keyed to both broad topic categories and specific subjects. A classified index, with titles, lists works by category and subject, and a key word index cross-references nearly one thousand words that appear in entry titles.

Excerpt

Currently no up-to-date, systematic summary of the published literature on Black American families is available. This work is intended to partially fill that void. It represents a partial response in that it is restricted, in this version, to the listing of works published between 1965 and 1984. The Bibliography is also restricted to works with a research orientation. Published research articles, books and book chapters, doctoral dissertations and master theses, government publications, and university publications, which address Black American families, are among the materials selected for Inclusion. Coverage is interdisciplinary and extensive, encompassing the social sciences, the health sciences and the human service professions.

The explicit purpose of this work Is to provide students of Black family life with a summary of the research record. Since 1965 there has been a virtual explosion of published literature on Black families. As is so often true during a proliferation of research on a topic, efforts to catalogue and codify findings have fallen behind the production of information. To be sure, there have been several excellent reviews of this literature published, each helpful in its own way. Some of these reviews have been published as free-standing articles or chapters while others have appeared as special issues of research journals or as theoretical review sections in books about Black family life. In still other cases, the literature on Black families has been reviewed or indexed as a subcomponent of a larger effort to examine or organize the general literature on families or children.

However, these various approaches to the codification of published research on Black families have only been partially satisfactory. Students of Black family life are still confronted by a terrain that is largely unmapped in regard to what is known about Black families. How are these families organized? How do they set their goals? How do they direct the activities of their members? These and a host of related questions persist. In a book to be published later, Beyond Pathology:.

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