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The strength of our mothers : African & African American women & families : essays and speeches

Author: Niara Sudarkasa
Publisher: Trenton, N.J. : Africa World Press, 1996.
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This ambitious anthology marshalls mountains of anthropological and sociological data to elucidate the essence of the Black family both in the Americas and in the African motherland. The author interprets the differences between African-American and Euro-American family patterns not as deviations from some pristine, universal, ideal family structure, but rather as a function of the ongoing survival strategy of a
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
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Sudarkasa, Niara.
Strength of our mothers.
Trenton, N.J. : Africa World Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605216558
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niara Sudarkasa
ISBN: 0865434964 9780865434967 0865434972 9780865434974
OCLC Number: 33946901
Description: xxiv, 336 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Harriette Pipes McAdoo --
Introduction / Niara Sudarkasa --
1. Value Premises Underlying Black Family Studies and Black Families --
2. Dispelling the Myths About Black Families --
3. Female-Headed African American Households --
Some Neglected Dimensions --
4. Speaking Up for Single Mothers --
5. African American Families and Family Values --
6. Roots of the Black Family: Observations on the Frazier-Herskovits Debate --
7. African and African American Family Structure --
8. Interpreting the African Heritage in African American Family Organization --
9. Timeless Values for Troubled Times: Strengthening Today's African American Families --
10. Planning for the Family versus "Family Planning" --
The Case for National Action in Nigeria.
Responsibility: Niara Sudarkasa.

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This ambitious anthology marshalls mountains of anthropological and sociological data to elucidate the essence of the Black family both in the Americas and in the African motherland. The author interprets the differences between African-American and Euro-American family patterns not as deviations from some pristine, universal, ideal family structure, but rather as a function of the ongoing survival strategy of a vibrant tradition that has weathered centuries of social upheaval. Only the enduring African communal principles of "respect, restraint, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, reason, and reconciliation" could have ensured the survival of the far-flung "African-American Community" as it was uprooted from one continent, transplanted in another, and woven inextricably into the fabric of the same trans-Atlantic empire that sought to drain it dry.

Anyone seeking to shore up - or to "reinvent"--The institution of the family in our inherently and increasingly diverse world will do well to read this book before making any sweeping generalizations about "family values."

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