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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 family members in American society. utilizing a case learn strategy, Willie and Reddick express the types of the Black relatives event and the way these stories range by way of socioeconomic prestige. The 6th version has been re-organized and up to date all through. the hot half III: situations opposed to and for Black women and men unites chapters from earlier variants right into a cohesive dialogue of stereotypes and misunderstandings from either students and the mass media. additionally, a brand new bankruptcy at the Obama kinfolk bargains help for cross-gender and cross-racial mentoring, and it demonstrates the price of kin.

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A New Look at Black Families, Sixth Edition

Charles Willie and Richard Reddick's a brand new examine Black households has brought millions of scholars to the intricacies of the Black family members in American society. utilizing a case examine process, Willie and Reddick express the kinds of the Black kin event and the way these studies differ via socioeconomic prestige.

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5 percent) during the previous generation to about one-fourth in 1998. S. Census Bureau 2000, 475). As stated above, case histories of poor black families in this study were selected from those with incomes below the poverty line. S. Census Bureau 2000, 471). Black families with incomes above the national Family Life and Social Stratification 21 median were classified as middle-class or affluent. S. Census Bureau 2000, 471). For the occupational parameter, divisions by socioeconomic status include three levels: (1) laborers, unskilled service workers, semiskilled operators, and unemployed adults who have pursued these occupations; (2) people with trades or crafts, technicians, retail sales clerks, and other clerical workers, mechanics, practical nurses, other human service aides, assistants, and support staff; and (3) professionals, managers, administrators, accountants, computer programmers, and sales representatives.

WORKING-CLASS INNOVATORS Willie described working-class black families as comprising “innovative marginals” (1974, 238–40), who are betwixt and between the poor and affluent. It is important to clarify that here the word “marginal” refers to the fact that many working-class individuals have been or will be exposed to multiple socioeconomic status positions as families in transition. A black workingclass family may be a low-income family on its way up or a middle-income household on its way down.

Still, it is hard to imagine that other working-class parents are any less proud of their offspring or less willing to contribute to their children’s future. Educational attainment continues as a theme emphasized by workingclass parents. Lewis and Looney found that for black working-class students, 30 Chapter Two education is the path toward better and higher-paying jobs after high school “and a better standard of living” (1983, 97). Another example from the life of John H. Johnson illustrates the black working class’s equation of scholastic progress with employment opportunity.

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