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In the context of growing diversity, Shirley A. Hill examines the work parents do in raising their children. Based on interviews and survey data, African American Children includes blacks of various social classes as well as a comparative sample of whites. It covers major areas of child socialization: teaching values, discipline strategies, gender socialization, racial socialization, extended families -- showing how both race and class make a difference, and emphasizing patterns that challenge existing research that views black families as a monolithic group.

Beyond the Nuclear Family
Beyond the nuclear family

“In the old days you would know everybody. You would have been inside everybody's apartment … On our block you would get chastised by any old lady. ‘Boy, what are you doing over here? Does your mother know you are over here?’ She'd get you on your toes by the ear and she'd drag you home … Oh yeah. You had about twelve mothers, seventeen fathers. Everybody knew what you did.”

MitchellDuneier, Slim's Table (1992, p. 207)

These comments from working-class black men at Slim's Table, captured in Duneier's ethnographic study, express sentiments that are common among people who grew up in racially segregated neighborhoods of the pre-civil rights era. Coming of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s, ...

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