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.
Chapter 10: Death in the Family: Historical Descriptions and Funerary Display of African American Families
Death in the Family: Historical Descriptions and Funerary Display of African American Families
During the closing decades of the twentieth century, historical research on African American families focused on slavery, emancipation, and the accomplishments of Black women as workers and community builders. Little attention was given, however, to the creation of historical models that would describe positive functions within Black families. This neglect may be one reason contemporary social policies reflect prescriptive models that can account for structural and systemic influences but overlook historical descriptions of Black families' positive functions. The redress of this oversight involves historians who study Black experiences assuming specific scholarly tasks; these academicians can serve contemporary African American ...