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.

African American Family Life: An Instrument of Culture

African American family life: An instrument of culture
Wade W.Nobles

Given the critical importance of child-rearing practices and orientation in shaping the personalities, behaviors, and values of future citizens in any society, the parent-child relationship should be viewed as one of the major points at which the family's obligation to the state and the state's obligation to the family are crystallized. Unfortunately, a clear understanding of African American parent-child relationships and their subsequent importance in our understanding of the African American family's obligation to the state and the state's obligation to the African American family has been clouded by racism.

A proper understanding of the strengths of African American families, the difficulties they face, and the ways in which they ...

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