Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

The Black Family

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

The Black Family

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The Black Family. Sadye L. Logan (Ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1996. 221 pp. ISBN 08133-2577-3. $21.95 paper.

Logan's book on Black families grounds itself in an African-centric perspective. There is not a lot of good academic literature that discusses African American families from a strength model. This makes the book a contribution to the field of academic literature. This work is clearly designed for the social work practitioner. However, it interweaves several theoretical models of interest to a basic researcher, and it serves two purposes-extending the literature on African Americans to include the family and building on current literature about the Black family for the family practitioner's use.

The first part of the book is devoted to discussing how professionals and the family members themselves can use self-help as the primary mechanism to overcome obstacles. Part two (Chapters 7 through 11) discusses creating and promoting positive change in the African American family. The 11 chapters range from a chronicle of Black family life in America to a look at the church as a vehicle for positive social change (a standard in any good sociological text on the Black family).

In the foreword, Niara Sudarkasa lays out what has been wrong with prior research on the Black family and challenges the majority academic community to stop doing deficit research and to join African American researchers who are actively pursuing the truth-through-strength modeling, as Logan and her colleagues do in this work. …

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