Black and Latino families are in fact highly family-oriented and want to be involved in exchange networks but, because they are economically disenfranchised, they are prevented from participation. The vitriolic debate on welfare reform currently sweeping the nation assumes that if institutional mechanisms of social support are eliminated, impoverished families will simply rely on an extensive web of kinship networks for their survival. The political discourse surrounding poverty and welfare reform has an increasingly racial undertone. Implementation of social policy that presupposes the availability of family safety nets in minority communities could have disastrous consequences for many without extended kin networks. Many scholars and political analysts assume that thriving kin and non-kin social support networks continue to characterize minority family life. Policy recommendations based on these underlying assumptions may lead to the implementation of harmful social policy. No More Kin examines extended kinship networks among African American, Chicano, Puerto-Rican, and non-Hispanic white families in contemporary America and seeks to provide an integrated theoretical framework for examining how the simultaneity of gender, race, and class oppression affects minority family organization. Breaking new ground in a variety of fields, No More Kin is sure to become a valuable resource for students and professionals in family studies, gender studies, and race/ethnic studies.

Race, Class, and Gender: Modeling the Intersections

Race, class, and gender: Modeling the intersections

This chapter will describe the data set, measures, and methods of analysis used in this research. I will begin with a description of the data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) and a brief review of relevant research using the NSFH. In addition, I will describe the survey, eligibility requirements for respondents, and sampling techniques used. The discussion of measures will begin with an explanation of the independent variables: cultural attitudes, structural or socioeconomic resources, demographic variables, and availability/proximity control variables. I will then discuss the dependent variables, including the four dimensions of social support to be examined. Finally, I will present the strategy for analysis, construction of new ...

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