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By Shirley A. Hill

ISBN-10: 0761904336

ISBN-13: 9780761904335

In the context of transforming into range, Shirley A. Hill examines the paintings mom and dad do in elevating their childrens. in keeping with interviews and survey info, African American Children contains blacks of assorted social sessions in addition to a comparative pattern of whites. It covers significant parts of kid socialization: instructing values, self-discipline thoughts, gender socialization, racial socialization, prolonged households -- displaying how either race and sophistication make a distinction, and emphasizing styles that problem present learn that perspectives black households as a monolithic staff.

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M u c h o f this research supported an assimilationist framework by suggesting that African Americans, given access to the necessary social and material resources, are very much like white Americans. Given the growing class diversity among black Americans, it is difficult to describe any aspect o f black life without c o n sidering social class. Billingsley ( 1 9 6 8 / 1 9 8 8 ) has always c o n t e n d e d that blacks were m o r e stratified than c o m m o n l y assumed, and that social class was the most powerful dimension in describing the conditions o f black family life.

Class analyses became even more important with Melvin K o h n ' s w o r k on child rearing during the 1 9 5 0 s (Kohn, 1 9 6 3 ) . M u c h o f this research supported an assimilationist framework by suggesting that African Americans, given access to the necessary social and material resources, are very much like white Americans. Given the growing class diversity among black Americans, it is difficult to describe any aspect o f black life without c o n sidering social class. Billingsley ( 1 9 6 8 / 1 9 8 8 ) has always c o n t e n d e d that blacks were m o r e stratified than c o m m o n l y assumed, and that social class was the most powerful dimension in describing the conditions o f black family life.

Public commentators and researchers often express alarm over the growing separation o f parenthood and marriage among blacks and its negative impact on the well-being o f children. Policy makers and the media follow their lead by portraying African American children in ways that universalize and pathologize the experiences o f the poor, often lamenting their plight while advocating less public assistance and support for their families. R e c e n t public policies typically devalue the family w o r k o f p o o r black mothers, while many conservatives leaders are often as adamant about forcing p o o r mothers t o enter the labor force as they are ambivalent about the voluntary employment o f affluent mothers.

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