Survival of the African American Family: The Institutional Impact of U.S. Social Policy

Greenwood Publishing Group
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Challenging widely held beliefs, this provocative book offers nothing less than a blueprint for enhancing the social and economic status of African American families. Despite the implementation of liberal social policies in the 1960s and '70s, successive U.S. administrations continue to dash the hopes and expectations of African Americans, who remain subject to racism and discrimination. Arguing that social policies-and their absence-have affected the stability of the African American family, Jewell refutes the myth of significant progress for African American families emanating from the civil rights era, exposing the myriad reasons why greater advancement toward equality has not occurred in major societal institutions. Attention is focused on the extent to which African American families have been adversely affected by a process of assimilation that was socio-psychological rather than economic. This new edition builds upon the first edition, and is revised and expanded to reflect new and persistent institutional policies and practices of race, gender and class inequality facing African American families. The revised edition explores such issues as racial profiling, capital punishment, police brutality, predatory lending, No Child Left Behind, welfare reform, affirmative action and racial disparities in healthcare, academic achievement and home ownership. Jewell proposes a variety of strategies and policies that are needed to ensure greater social and economic equality and justice for African American families.
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About the author

K. SUE JEWELL is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. In addition to Survival of the Black Family (Praeger, 1988), she is the author of From Mammy to Miss America and Beyond (1993).

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Publisher
Greenwood Publishing Group
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Published on
Dec 31, 2003
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Pages
303
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ISBN
9780275957698
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Social Science / Sociology / Marriage & Family
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