Ensuring Inequality

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

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This book analyses the evolution of the contemporary African American family from historical cultural and social policy perspectives in an effort to understand why marital ties have weakened among poor African Americans and why mother-only families have increasingly become a normal feature of ghetto poverty. Franklin argues that the cumulative effects of slavery, sharecropping, and urbanization significantly weakened African American family ties and that mother-only families emerged in the early 20th century as a response to the instability of wage labour for African Americans.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 539.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, 1 table
  • 0195100786
  • 9780195100785

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Why are so many African-American children growing up in mother-led families? From a nuanced historical perspective, Donna Franklin offers no-holds-barred answers to this question. Conservatives and liberals alike will find things in her argument with which to agree - and disagree. She brings a provocative new perspective to America's pressing debates about poverty, fatherlessness, and how to (really) reform welfare. * Theda Skocpol, Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University * Donna Franklin's book is an excellent illustration of the importance of history to the understanding of current problems. She provides the reader with a very important lesson in how to understand current stresses in family life by studying the ways in which early experiences and circumstances led logically and inevitably to the present depressing, even alarming, state of family life at the end of the twentieth century. This is an important work. * John Hope Franklin *show more

About Donna L. Franklin

Donna L. Franklin was appointed the John Milner Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California, 1994. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of the University of Chicago for eleven years. She is currently on a leave of absence from USC to devote more time to her writing.show more

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