A New Look at Black Families, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition by Charles V. Willie, Richard J. Reddick

By Charles V. Willie, Richard J. Reddick

Charles Willie and Richard Reddick's a brand new examine Black households has brought hundreds of thousands of scholars to the intricacies of the Black kinfolk in American society. utilizing a case research method, Willie and Reddick convey the types of the Black kin event and the way these reviews range by means of socioeconomic prestige. The 6th variation has been re-organized and up to date all through. the hot half III: circumstances opposed to and for Black women and men unites chapters from past versions right into a cohesive dialogue of stereotypes and misunderstandings from either students and the mass media. additionally, a brand new bankruptcy at the Obama relations bargains help for cross-gender and cross-racial mentoring, and it demonstrates the price of nuclear family family members.

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This study, therefore, will examine each black family as a microsocial unit and the totality of black families as a macrosocial unit. AFFLUENT CONFORMISTS More than thirty-five years ago, Charles Willie published an article in the Journal of Orthopsychiatry (January 1974) titled “The Black Family and Social Class” in which he summarized, using a socioeconomic perspective, the way of life of middle-class, working-class, and low-income African Americans. Descriptions in the remainder of this chapter are based, in part, on findings presented in that article.

By rebelling against an indifferent society, poor black people exercise veto power. Hyman Rodman (1971) describes the alternative methods and goals they introduce to make circumstances and conditions of life more tolerable as the stretching of common values rather than the repudiation of them. Poor black people cease cooperating with the society at large and rebel if necessary when they determine that the cards are stacked against them. An example is the law pertaining to cocaine usage. Drug offenders who use crack cocaine receive longer sentences than drug offenders who use powder cocaine; crack cocaine is most frequently used by blacks, and powder cocaine is most frequently used by whites.

The parents in black lower-class families [tend to be] grade school or high school dropouts. Neither spouse has more education than the other. Thus, parents in low-income families sometimes hold themselves up to their children as failures, as negative images of what not to do. There is only limited ability to give guidance concerning what ought to be done. Thus, children are advised not to marry early, not to drop out of school, and not to do this and not to do that. There is admonition but little concrete effort at prevention.

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