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African American Families


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April 2007

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This book provides students with a systematic sociological study of contemporary life for families of African descent living in the United States. Because it deals with issues facing African American families, it covers ground that is often considered, such as marriage and fertility rates, non-marital births, age at first birth, etc., but the authors also deal with several issues slighted or ignored in texts about African American family life, including disproportionately high rates of incarceration, family violence, and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Also departing from previous books, the authors examine ways in which individual choice (e.g., choosing to use drugs, choosing to engage in unprotected sex, choosing to drop out of school) intersects with the larger societal factors and constraints. All these indices are woven together and cry out foráa new look at African American family situations that this book will provide. The authors hope to capture the complexities and nuances of a web of factors, thereby helping students explore both structural and individual explanations for problems facing many African American families today.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface
1. African American Families: A Brief Introduction
Objectives
Introduction
What We Hope to Accomplish
The Question of Social Class
Data Sources
Organization of the Book
Notes
2. African American Civil Society: Issues, Approaches, Demography, and Theory
Objectives
Introduction
Definitions
Race as a Social Construct
African American Families
Structural Versus Individual Explanations
African American Families: A Profile
Theoretical Approaches to Studying African American Families
Data and Methods
Notes
3. Family Formation, Marriage Rates, and Cohabitation
Objectives
Introduction
Factors That Affect Family Form
Functions and Purposes of Marriage
Marriage Patterns
The Marriage Gap
In Their Own Words
Race, Class, and Gender Analysis
Summary: Outcomes of the Low Marriage Rate
Solutions
Notes
4. Childbearing and Childrearing Patterns
Objectives
Introduction
Childbearing Patterns
Nonmarital Births
Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm
Conclusions
Solutions
Notes
5. Intimate Partner Violence
Objectives
Introduction
Definitions
The Problem
The Family Violence Approach
The Feminist Paradigm
Race, Class, and Gender Approach to Studying IPV
The Dirty Little Secret: IPV in the African American Community
African American Women as Victims/Survivors of IPV: Statistics/Rates
Men and Masculinity
Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm
Solutions
Notes
6. HIV and Other Social and Health Issues
Objectives
Introduction
The State of Health and Well-Being in African American Civil Society
Racial Disparities in Chronic Diseases
Racial Disparities in HIV/AIDS
Leading Causes of Death
Infant Mortality
Outcomes of Poor Health: Premature Death
Causes of Poor Health and Death
Environmental Injustice
The Politics of Health Care
The Genetics (and Politics) of Race/Ethnicity and Health
Race, Class and Gender Paradigm
Solutions
Notes
7. Access to Opportunity: Educational Attainment and Occupational Segregation
Objectives
Introduction
A Brief History of Race and Education
Educational Attainment
Access to Education: Legacy
The Economy
Race, Class, and Gender: African American Women's History of Work
Occupations and Work
Occupational Segregation: The Impact of Race and Gender
Causes of Occupational Segregation
Outcomes of Occupational Segregation
Financial Outcomes: Lower Earnings
Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm
Solutions
Notes
8. Welfare and Wealth
Objectives
Introduction
Income Versus Wealth
Income and Income Disparities
Wealth and Wealth Disparities
Wealth Disparities and Access to the American Dream?
Housing
A Clear Illustration: Hurricane Katrina
Poverty
Welfare
Welfare Reform
Stereotypes About Welfare and Poverty
Welfare Versus Work
Welfare Reform and Family Values
Welfare Reform and Incarceration, or African American Mothers Are Crackheads
Race, Class, and Gender Analysis
Solutions
Notes
9. African American Males and the Incarceration Problem: Not Just Confined to Prison
Objectives
Introduction
Definitions
Prisons as Total Institutions
The Growth of Prisons: Institutions and Population
The Purpose of Prison: Rehabilitation or a Tool of Capitalism?
The Demographics of the Prison Population: Race and Gender
Explaining Racial Disparities in Incarceration
The Effects of Incarceration on the Lives of Young African American Men
Felony Disenfranchisement
Other Bans-Social Services
Race, Class, and Gender Paradigm
Solutions
Notes
10. Conclusion: Solutions to a Longstanding Problem: Race, Class, and Patriarchy in the 21st Century
Summary and Review of the Primary Themes
Degrees of Separation
A Snapshot of the African American Family
The Struggles
The Causes
Bans
Family Form
The Relationship Between Structural Forces and Individual Choices
What Is To Be Done?
Structural Forces: Race, Class, and Gender
Final Thoughts
Notes
Appendices
References
About the Authors
Index

Portrait

Angela J. Hattery, PhD holds the Zachary T. Smith Reynolds Associate Professorship in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at Wake Forest University. She completed her B.A. at Carleton College and her M.S. and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the faculty of Wake Forest in 1998. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including another Sage book: Women, Work, and Family: Balancing and Weaving (2001). Her forthcoming book Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships will appear in 2007.

EAN: 9781412924665
ISBN: 1412924669
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SAGE PUBN
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2007
Seitenanzahl: 385 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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