Single Parents in Black America
A Study in Culture and Legitimacy
AUTHOR: Barnes, Annie S.
PUBLISHER: Wyndham Hall Press
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"This book", says Dr. Barnes, "is about urban, black, single mothers and fathers in two low rent housing developments in Tidewater Virginia. The aim of this study is to describe relationships important to black single mothers and fathers through their own eyes and what they would do, if they could start life over. Also, this work seeks to test Malinowski's Principle of Legitimacy, relate the Culture of Poverty model to our findings about urban, poor, black, single parent families, determine whether the model needs to be broadened, and ascertain whether the data indicate a self-correcting poverty model and pregnancy prevention models. Because of the longitudinal nature of our fieldwork on single parents, use of the oral history method, supplemented by interview and observation data, and the similarity in the questions asked in each study as well as new questions not asked in previous studies, we are able to provide a date-based assessment of the poverty model, the self-perpetuating poverty corollary, the legitimacy principle, and other questions raised in this study".
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/1/1987
CATEGORY: Family & Relationships, Social Science