Black Families at the Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects by Leanor Boulin Johnson

By Leanor Boulin Johnson

This up-to-date variation of the vintage e-book Black households on the Crossroads, deals a entire exam of the varied and intricate matters surrounding Black households. Leanor Boulin Johnson and Robert Staples mix greater than sixty years of writing and learn on Black households to provide insights into the pre-slavery improvement of the Black center category, inner procedures that impact all category strata between Black American households, the impression of race on smooth Black immigrant households, the interplay of exterior forces and inner norms at every one degree of the Black family members existence cycle, and public guidelines that offer demanding situations and promising clients for the continued resilience of the Black relations as an American establishment. This completely revised variation gains new learn, including¾empirical and theoretical stories, and a assessment of vital social polices and financial alterations long ago decade and their effect on Black households.

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This raises questions about ideology and its role in the conceptualization of Black family organization. The role of ideology is not unique to the field of family history. Under the rubric of the sociology of knowledge, it has been asserted that the social location of individuals within a given society will influence the knowledge they possess (Mannheim, 1936). Since the study of Black families has been dominated by White middle-class males, a debate centering around the insider-outsider thesis has arisen (Merton, 1972; Staples and Mirande, 1980).

Unlike the European immigrants before them, Blacks were disadvantaged by the oppressiveness of Northern segregation along racial lines. Furthermore, families in cities are more vulnerable to disruptions due to the traumatizing experiences of urbanization, the reduction of family functions, and the loss of extended family supports. Because of the higher level of racial discrimination facing Blacks in the South, they were less likely to retreat from the more vulnerable conditions of urban poverty in the North than White migrants from the South (Lemann, 1991).

Historical demographers have also made contributions to our understanding of Black family history. Furstenberg, Hershberg, and Modell (1975) investigated the origin of the female-headed Black History as Fact and Fiction family and its relationship to the urban experience. Basing their analysis on samples from the decennial federal population manuscript schedules for the period from 1850 to 1880, they found that Blacks were only slightly less likely to reside in nuclear households than native Whites and immigrants to Philadelphia.

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