African American Children: Socialization and Development in by Shirley A. Hill

By Shirley A. Hill

In the context of growing to be range, Shirley A. Hill examines the paintings mom and dad do in elevating their young ones. in keeping with interviews and survey facts, African American Children contains blacks of assorted social periods in addition to a comparative pattern of whites. It covers significant parts of kid socialization: educating values, self-discipline concepts, gender socialization, racial socialization, prolonged households -- exhibiting how either race and sophistication make a distinction, and emphasizing styles that problem current learn that perspectives black households as a monolithic workforce.

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African American Children: Socialization and Development in Families

Within the context of transforming into range, Shirley A. Hill examines the paintings mom and dad do in elevating their childrens. according to interviews and survey info, African American young children contains blacks of assorted social periods in addition to a comparative pattern of whites. It covers significant parts of kid socialization: instructing values, self-discipline innovations, gender socialization, racial socialization, prolonged households -- displaying how either race and sophistication make a distinction, and emphasizing styles that problem current study that perspectives black households as a monolithic workforce.

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For the n e x t several decades, however, most black people continued to live in the rural South and many w o r k e d in the agricultural e c o n o m y as sharecroppers, a labor system that in many ways replicated slavery. For example, sharecropping usually required the labor o f entire families, and they often earned n o m o r e than subsistence pay. W h i t e Americans did not see parenting as important w o r k in black families; rather, they were quite concerned about the potential loss o f cheap black female and child labor.

Franklin Frazier, one o f the best known early African American family scholars, pointed out that neither structural forces n o r the discretion o f white slave owners had completely shaped the nature o f the black family. H e argued that to restrict the recognition of the Negro family to the individual judgement and caprice of the masters, is to overlook the influence of human relations that constantly tended to break down formal controls and legal definitions, and the force of traditions within the institution of slavery, (p.

N e x t , I review studies that began to emerge in the 1 9 0 0 s on the importance o f social class in shaping child-rearing work. After slavery had ended, many blacks, especially those in the South, still endured a racial caste system that made family life difficult. As studies during this era started t o include blacks, they usually acknowledged the devastating impact o f slavery on Caste, Class, and Culture 25 black families and rejected the view that any significant aspect o f the African culture could have survived.

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