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ERIC Number: EJ1062042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Black Men and the Struggle for Work: Social and Economic Barriers Persist
Quane, James M.; Wilson, William Julius; Hwang, Jackelyn
Education Next, v15 n2 p22-29 Spr 2015
This article looks at some of the issues presented in a 1965 study that remain to date regarding economic disadvantage and family instability. Research undertaken since that time has reinforced the need for more coordinated, government-directed efforts to dismantle structures that reinforce racial and class-based biases and inequalities. The author's direct attention to such ongoing issues as: the rise of poor black single women with children, the decline in marriage among the poor, the outmigration of higher-income black and white families, and the associated decline in services available to poor black families left behind. The data in this article points out that: (1) the percentage of children growing up in single-parent homes has continued to increase, (2) black youth are most likely to be unemployed and not in school or training, and that (3) black men are most likely to be locked up. Confronting poverty and inequality in the inner city requires the recognition of the complex, interrelated problems facing poor black families. Increased efforts must be devoted to rectifying the large-scale fragmentation and lack of uniformity in the mission and practice of schools, social service agencies, and workforce development centers that are intended to support neighborhoods and disenfranchised children and youth that reside in them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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