Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Theoretical Conceptualizations of African American Families
Theoretical conceptualizations of African American families

Jualynne Dodson presents views of family life that include those of the ethnocentric school and the cultural relativistic school. The more recent research leans toward an analysis of social class. Deviations from the standard White family forms are still considered by some researchers to be in error. A reflective analysis is needed to help Black people protect their forms of family and to maintain self-dignity and self-worth.

Wade W. Nobles focuses on the importance of parent-child relationships in the African American family. He discusses the need for the family to be geared to prepare children for a unique type of existence in a hostile, racist societal environment. Writing from a powerful Afrocentric perspective, Nobles provides ...

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