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The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology

ISBN 9780367341138
Published June 17, 2019 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology provides the most up to date exploration and analysis of research focused on Blacks in America. Beginning with an examination of the project of Black Sociology, it offers studies of recent events, including the ‘Stand Your Ground’ killing of Trayvon Martin, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on emerging adults, and efforts to change voting requirements that overwhelmingly affect Blacks, whilst engaging with questions of sexuality and family life, incarceration, health, educational outcomes and racial wage disparities.

Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s charge of engaging in objective research that has a positive impact on society, and organised around the themes of Social Inequities, Blacks and Education, Blacks and Health and Future Directions, this timely volume brings together the latest interdisciplinary research to offer a broad overview of the issues currently faced by Blacks in United States.

A timely, significant research guide that informs readers on the social, economic and physical condition of Blacks in America, and proposes directions for important future research. The Ashgate Research Companion will appeal to policy makers and scholars of Africana Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Politics, with interests in questions of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social inequalities, health and education.

Table of Contents

Part I Black Sociology: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow  1. Black Sociology: Continuing the Agenda  2. Black Sociology: The Sociology of Knowledge, Racialized Power Relations of Knowledge and Humanistic Liberation  Part II Black Youth, Emerging Adults and The Family  3. The Death of Trayvon Martin and Public Space: Why the Racial Contract Still Matters  4. Is it Easy Living in the Big Easy?: Examining the Lives of African American Emerging Adults in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina  5. The Psychosocial Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children and their Caregivers  6. "Sure there’s Racism … But Homophobia—that’s Different": Experiences of Black Lesbians Who are Parenting in North-Central Florida at the Intersection of Race and Sexuality  Part III Education and The Economy  7. Parental Expectations, Family Structure and the Black Gender Gap in Educational and Occupational Attainment: An Intersectional Approach to the Social Psychological Model of Status Attainment  8. Real Effects of Attitudes about the Value of Education and Social Structure on the Black/White Academic Achievement Gap  9. African American Women Workers in the Postindustrial Period: The Role of Education in Evaluating Racial Wage Parity among Women  10. Race, Class and Nativity: A Multilevel Analysis of the Forgotten Working Class, 1980–2009  Part IV Health Wellness  11. What Do We Really Know: Revisiting the Stress-Health Relationship for Black Females Across the Lifespan  12. "We Need a New Normal": Sociocultural Constructions of Obesity and Overweight among African American Women  13. HIV: A Social Catastrophe  Part V Health Disparity Solutions  14. Gaining Equity in Health Care: Building the Pipeline of Black Nurse Leaders  15. Increasing Community Engagement to Meet the Challenges of Mental Health Disparities In African American Communities  16. As Seen on TV?: Hip Hop Images and Health Consequences in the Black Community  Part VI Agency and The Black Community  17. Music as Identity: Cultural Meaning, Social Hybridity and Musical Sonority In Indigenous Caribbean Music  18. Give Us the Ballot! Gaining Enfranchisement in Mobile, Alabama: 1944–50  9. The African American Church as an Enclave and Ethnic Resource: The Role of the Church in Economic Development  20. Not Televised but on Display: Exhibiting and Remembering Vestiges of the Black Freedom Movement

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Earl Wright II is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Rhodes College, USA, and co-editor of Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age.

Edward V. Wallace is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA.


"As we deepen into the 21st century, there is abundant evidence that Black Sociology is the original American sociology, despite the dominant narratives of the discipline. The contents of Wright II and Wallace’s Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology show that not only has Black Sociology continued since its late 19th century beginnings, but, that it is thriving and continuously pushing a rigorous and impactful sociology across every substantive area of the discipline."- David L. Brunsma, Virginia Tech, USA

"In this necessary and expansive volume, Earl Wright II and Edward V. Wallace build upon the great work and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois. Drawing on Du Bois’s sociological scholarship and agenda as the leader of the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory, this impressive book successfully brings together a wonderful array of scholars to deepen our understanding and appreciation for Black Sociology." - Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA, USA and author of Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America

"The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology is a must-read for anyone teaching introductory sociology, race relations or any related subject. The editors have done a wonderful job of finding young creative scholars to cover contemporary topics such as parental incarceration and its effects on children, stand-your-ground laws, and the effects of job stratification on the working class to name a few. The clustering of the topics along with the origins of Black or Du Boisian Sociology is extremely relevant to the societal changes currently taking place around the world." - Obie Clayton, Clark Atlanta University, USA