Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community

Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community

by Beverly Daniel Tatum


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Assimilation Blues contributes to an expanding body of comparative family studies. . . . a springboard for the development of more directly comparative analysis. Family research involving issues of race and class should flow naturally from insights suggested by this work. As a significant contribution to the way we think about families, black-white relations, and social change, the book is well worth serious examination by scholars, as well as individals who find themselves in similar circumstances. Contemporary Sociology

This incisive study uses a phenomenological approach in its examination of black families in a white community. It goes beyond the probability statistics of attitude and behavior surveys to let the families speak for themselves about their experiences. Assimilation Blues provides an in-depth look at the realities of being a middle-class black parent, living, working, and raising children in a predominantly white community, through first-hand interviews. The candid responses of both parents and children about their lives and experiences raise many important issues that have immediate relevance for black families regardless of where they live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313258725
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/09/1987
Series: Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Series , #108
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)

About the Author

BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Westfield State College, in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Invisible Families and Black Family Research

Welcome to Sun Beach

A Long Way From Home

Troubled in Paradise?

Nowhere to Run—Surviving in Sun Beach

Making Choices



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