ERIC Number: ED455908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
African American Men, Inequality and Family Structure: A Research Note.
Research into the social history of African American men in deteriorating socioeconomic conditions has enhanced the understanding of the family. This research helps to understand the different experiences of diverse groups within the society and different group reactions to social change. Yet, social scientists and policymakers have shown a remarkable lack of vision when it comes to anticipating the future impact of urban life on African American family structure. Signs of this future, such as single-parent households, have been attributed to moral decline associated with the stresses that accompany city life and the changing labor and market conditions. A dramatic transformation in conjugal patterns and the family context of births has taken place among African Americans during the past half century. It is argued that the role of African American men in the family must be placed in a broader context. In the past, researchers have attributed African American family deterioration to the problem of male employment and welfare. The available evidence justifies renewed attention to the connection between family disintegration and inequality. African American men appear to have less ability to pull their children out of the lower ebbs of the economy. More research needs to focus on how the lack of resources among African American families has affected family relationships across the income spectrum. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Black Family, Disadvantaged, Economic Factors, Ethnic Groups, Family Financial Resources, Family Structure, Fathers, Marital Status, Parent Role, Public Policy, Racial Discrimination, Racial Factors, Research Needs
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, 3440 Market Street, Suite 450, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325. Tel: 215-573-5500; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.