ERIC Number: ED380548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
World without Work. Causes and Consequences of Black Male Joblessness.
Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC.; Philadelphia Children's Network, PA.
This document examines the causes and consequences of Black male joblessness. First, key insights and recommendations of a 1993 policy roundtable on labor force participation and family formation are summarized. Discussed next are the following issues related to the economic and social alienation of Black men: joblessness and absence from the labor force; structural economic changes and causes of nonwork (deindustrialization, increases in immigration, suburbanization); and education, skills, and unemployment. The following challenges to Black men in the labor force are described: criminal records, attraction of the underground economy, health and disability, and racial and cultural barriers. Finally, the following consequences of joblessness are considered: income differentials, decline in two-parent families, and increase in family poverty. Eleven tables/figures and an 88-item annotated bibliography are included. Appended are abstracts of the following papers commissioned for the policy roundtable: "Unwed Fathers and Paternity Establishment" (Barbara C. Cleveland); "Absence of Father. Effects on Children's Development and Family Functioning (Vivian Gadsden); "Labor Force and Income Status of African American Males: Policy Implications" (Robert Hill); "African American Males in the Criminal Justice System" (Jerome Miller); "Child Support Enforcement and Deteriorating Employment Prospects of Young Black Males" (Ronald B. Mincy); and "Unemployment. Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Joblessness and African American Men" (John Wilson, Jr.). (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Black Family, Blacks, Cultural Influences, Educational Needs, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Problems, Family Structure, Job Skills, Labor Force, Males, Policy Formation, Poverty, Public Policy, Racial Factors, Salary Wage Differentials, Socioeconomic Influences, Underemployment, Unemployment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC.; Philadelphia Children's Network, PA.