For decades the black community has been perceived, both in the United States and around the world, as one which thinks alike, acts alike and lives alike - in poor and downtrodden environments. Following the persistent effects of the great recession and the American elections of 2008, now more than ever the political and socio-economic state of America is crying out for this deficient and prejudiced conception to be dispelled.
Focusing primarily on black families in America, Contemporary African American Families updates empirical research by addressing various aspects including family formation, schooling, health and parenting. Exploring a wide class spectrum among African American families, this text also modernizes and subverts much of the research resulting from Moynihan’s 1965 report, which arguably misunderstood the lived experiences of black people during the movement from slavery to freedom in a Jim Crow society.
A timely subversion of the myth that America is successfully in a post-racial era, this new anthology on the Black Family in America will appeal to advanced undergraduate students and research scholars interested in black studies, Africana studies, women and gender studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, criminal justice, education, psychology, public policy, healthy policy and social work.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments (Dorothy Smith-Ruiz)
Foreword (Earl Smith)
- Introduction and Overview (Dorothy Smith-Ruiz)
- Collateral Damage: The Impact of the Incarceration of African American Men on the Mothers and Children they Leave Behind (Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery)
- Examining Fatherhood within the Black Family (Jeffrey Shears and Joshua Kirven)
- Grandparents’ Caregiving during the Context of a Natural Disaster (Priscilla Gibson)
- Mental and Physical Health Disparities and Older African Americans (Martha Crowther, Cassandra D. Ford, and Latrice Vinson)
- The School-to-Postsecondary Pipeline: Proposing Proactive Measures for African American Youth’s Educational Success (Chance W. Lewis, Marcia Watson, Tonya J. Rose)
- Family Matters: The Role of Familial Support in the Success of African American Female STEM Majors (Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Ashley Dawn Parker, Elizabeth Stearns, Melissa Dancey, and Stephanie Moller)
- Home is Where the Wealth is: African Americans and the Housing Debacle (Sherri Lawson Clark)
- Brew City Bellwether: The Changing Landscape of the Black Family in Milwaukee (Robert S. Smith and William I. Tchakirides)
- The At-Opportunity Policy Agenda: The Charlotte Region’s Black Families, Education, Economics, and Philanthropy (Patrick C. Graham)
- ‘You Must Learn’: How Racial & Ethnic Socialization Affirms Black Identity among Black Americans and West Indians (Anthony Greene)
- Black Families Today: The Genius of Dr. Charles Vert Willie. (Dorothy Smith-Ruiz)
- Epilogue: The Future of African American Families (Dorothy Smith-Ruiz)
Dorothy Smith-Ruiz is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Sherri Lawson Clark is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Marcia Watson is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Towson University in Baltimore County, Maryland.