The Black Extended Family

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1980 - Social Science - 129 pages
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Misunderstood and stereotyped, the black family in America has been viewed by some as pathologically weak while others have acclaimed its resilience and strength. Those who have drawn these conflicting conclusions have gnerally focused on the nuclear family—husband, wife, and dependent children. But as Elmer and Joanne Martin point out in this revealing book, a unit of this kind often is not the center of black family life. What appear to be fatherless, broken homes in our cities may really be vital parts of strong and flexible extended families based hundreds of miles away—usually in a rural area.

Through their eight-year study of some thirty extended families, the Martins find that economic pressures, including federal tax and welfare laws, have begun to make the extended family's flexibility into a liability that threatens its future.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Extended Family How Is It Formed and What Does It Do?
5
The Dominant Family Figure
17
The Mutual Aid System
29
Absorption and Informal Adoption
39
Relations between Old and Young Child Raising
49
Sex Courtship and Marriage
59
Status and Power Relations between Lower and Middle Class
71
Problems of Urban Life
83
A Look into the Past and into the Future
93
Overview of Literature on the Black Family
103
Notes
115
Bibliography
121
Index
125
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About the author (1980)

Elmer P. Martin is professor of social work at the Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Joanne Mitchell Martin is Director of the Learning Skills Center at Coppin State College, Baltimore, Maryland.

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