Ensuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition by Donna L. FranklinEnsuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition by Donna L. Franklin

Ensuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition

byDonna L. Franklin, Angela D. James

Paperback | September 9, 2015

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There is a crisis today in the American family, and this crisis has been particularly severe in the African American community. Black women and men are more likely than ever to remain single, and as a result, a staggering number of African-American children are growing up in households that donot include their biological fathers. In this revised edition of an award winning book, Donna L. Franklin and co-author Angela D. James expand and update the nuanced historical perspective used in the first edition to understand African American family patterns. The result is a well-documentednarrative that challenges conventional understanding of the continuing plight of African American families.Ensuring Inequality traces the evolution of the black family from slavery to the present, showing the cumulative effects of centuries of historical change. Beginning with a richly researched account of the impact of slavery on the black family, the authors point out that slavery not only causedextreme instability and suffering for families, but established a lasting pattern of poverty which made the economic advantages of marriage unattainable for many. Providing sharp critiques of the full range of federal policies, from the Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction, to contemporarychanges in penal and welfare policies, the authors suggest a prominent role of such policy in constructing the circumstances of black family life. The revised edition updates the final chapters of this comprehensive and nuanced study by exploring changes in marriage patterns over time. It alsoprovides an expanded consideration of the impact on the urban poor of the massive changes in the economy in the recent past and of mass incarceration. The authors demonstrate how each of these changes has operated to dramatically reduce the marriage options of men and women in urban communities.Exhaustively researched and insightfully written, Ensuring Inequality continues to make an important contribution.
Donna L. Franklin is a nationally recognized scholar specializing in African-American families. She has held academic appointments at USC, Smith College and the University of Chicago. She is the past national Co-Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families. Angela D. James is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyo...
Title:Ensuring Inequality: The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:September 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised EditionForward to the Hardcover EditionIntroductionPart I1. Slavery: A Reexamination of Its Impact2. Sharecropping and the Rural Proletariat3. The African American Family in the Maternalistic Era4. The Arduous Transition to the Industrial NorthPart II5. World War II and Its Aftermath6. The Calm before the Storm7. The "Matriarchal" Black Family under Siege8. Family Composition and the "Underclass" Debate9. Black Marriage Patterns: Representations and Realities10. Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go from Here?NotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"An outstanding analysis of the historic and contemporary social forces that have perpetuated economic hardship among a sizable minority of African-American families" --Contemporary Sociology