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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.

Family Patterns
Family patterns

Harriette Pipes McAdoo covers the growing diversities of people of color, including their economic, educational, and geographic origins. By the year 2030, people of color will be over half of the population of the United States. People of African descent in the United States come by way of three different routes in being descendants of enslaved Africans, immigrants and descendants of Africans from the Caribbean and Latin American countries, and recent immigrants from the countries of Africa. Each of these groups has different cultural patterns and experiences in the United States. They are from all races and have many skin colors and other physical characteristics that differ from those of most other Americans.

Niara Sudarkasa explores female-headed households. Female-headed households differ in terms ...

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