All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community
"All Our Kin" is the chronicle of a young white woman's sojourn into The Flats, an African-American ghetto community, to study the support system family and friends form when coping with poverty. Eschewing the traditional method of entry into the community used by anthropologists -- through authority figures and community leaders -- she approached the families herself by way of an acquaintance from school, becoming one of the first sociologists to explore the black kinship network from the inside. The result was a landmark study that debunked the misconception that poor families were unstable and disorganized. On the contrary, her study showed that families in The Flats adapted to their poverty conditions by forming large, resilient, lifelong support networks based on friendship and family that were very powerful, highly structured and surprisingly complex.
Universally considered the best analysis of family and kinship in a ghetto black community ever published, "All Our Kin" is also an indictment of a social system that reinforces welfare dependency and chronic unemployment. As today's political debate over welfare reform heats up, its message has become more important than ever.
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The first scene takes place on the front porch of a house which Georgia and her
three children share with Georgia's middle- aged Aunt Ethel and Ethel's boyfriend
. Just before the incident occurred, Georgia and Ethel had fought over the ...
7-16 The household now comprised of Ruby, her grandmother, her
grandmother's new husband, Ruby's maternal aunt and her boyfriend, Ruby's
maternal uncle, and Ruby's younger sister. At age sixteen Ruby gave birth to a
J9i Ruby left town and moved to out-of-state with her boyfriend. She left her
daughters with her mother. She remained there one year, then her mother
insisted that she return home and take her children. 20 Ruby and her daughters
moved into ...
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All Our Kin: Strategies For Survival In A Black Community
Carol B. Stack,B Stack
Limited preview - 2008