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Mothering While Black : Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood / Dawn Marie Dow.

Author/Creator:
Dow, Dawn Marie author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (272 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
African American mothers -- Social conditions.
Intersectionality (Sociology).
Middle class African Americans -- Family relationships.
Parenting -- Social aspects.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Mothering While Black examines the complex lives of the African American middle class-in particular, black mothers and the strategies they use to raise their children to maintain class status while simultaneously defining and protecting their children's "authentically black" identities. Sociologist Dawn Marie Dow shows how the frameworks typically used to research middle-class families focus on white mothers' experiences, inadequately capturing the experiences of African American middle- and upper-middle-class mothers. These limitations become apparent when Dow considers how these mothers apply different parenting strategies for black boys and for black girls, and how they navigate different expectations about breadwinning and childrearing from the African American community. At the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, work, family, and culture, Mothering While Black sheds light on the exclusion of African American middle-class mothers from the dominant cultural experience of middle-class motherhood. In doing so, it reveals the painful truth of the decisions that black mothers must make to ensure the safety, well-being, and future prospects of their children.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Creating Racial Safety and Comfort
2. Border Crossers
3. Border Policers
4. Border Transcenders
5. The Market-Family Matrix
6. Racial Histories of Family and Work
7. Alternative Configurations of Child-Rearing
Conclusion and Implications
Appendix: Methods
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 06. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780520971776
OCLC:
1051776622
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520971776 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.