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.

Spirituality and Religion in Black Families
Spirituality and religion in black families

A spiritual orientation has always been a part of Black family life. Harriette McAdoo presents a brief overview of the roles that religion and spirituality play in families today. The extended family and multigenerational fictive kin are the foundations that almost all African Americans depend upon.

The Africanist versus the “culture of poverty” debate is continued in the chapter by William Harrison Pipes. It is amazing that the chapters by Sudarkasa and Pipes were written 40 years apart. They address many of the same issues and arguments in their discussions of the sources of Black American family religious and cultural values. Although their fields of scholarship, speech and literature versus anthropology, differ, conclusions are the ...

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