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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.

Chapter 4: Conceptualizations and Research of African American Family Life in the United States: Some Thoughts

Conceptualizations and Research of African American Family Life in the United States: Some Thoughts
Conceptualizations and research of African American family life in the United States: Some thoughts
Jualynne ElizabethDodson

Paradigms for analyzing U.S. African American family life, as I hope this chapter will demonstrate, are long-lived and too often have been linked to contemporary sociopolitical as well as historical issues. This is not unexpected, as all human activity is political, in my view, even the falsely lauded “objective science” of academe. However, issues and topics related to U.S. African Americans, particularly their/our family life, have been brought through the marshes of racist ideas, attitudes, and behaviors. An effect of such overwhelming coloring of approaches to the study of Black family is that even those opposed to ...

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