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Author Dow, Dawn Marie, author.

Title Mothering while Black : boundaries and burdens of middle-class parenthood / Dawn Marie Dow.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]

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Description xvi, 252 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Creating racial safety and comfort -- Border crossers -- Border policers -- Border transcenders -- The market-family matrix -- Racial histories of family and work -- Alternative configuration of childrearing -- Conclusion and implications.
Summary "Informed by news stories, such as those of the fatal shootings of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, and engaged with ongoing popular and academic discussions of work and family conflict, Mothering While Black makes significant contributions to the sociology of work and family, race and ethnicity, and gender and culture. Using the analytical lens of intersectionality, it demonstrates that the frameworks typically deployed in research on middle-class mothers and their families, which usually focus on the experiences of elite white mothers, do not adequately capture the experiences of African American middle-class and upper-middle-class mothers. Through sixty in-depth semistructured interviews with African American middle-class and upper-middle-class women, Mothering While Black distills the experiences of these contemporary mothers, revealing the cultural expectations and constraints that inform their approaches to parenting, work and family, and childcare. Through their accounts, this book demonstrates how race, class, and gender complicate their parenting concerns and strategies, and identifies three aspects of African American middle-class identity that study participants worked to foster in their children. Through this research, the book expands on and revises theories related to parenting, racial identity formation, and family and work conflict by complicating existing frameworks for understanding the cultural pushes and pulls that influence mothers' decision-making"--Provided by publisher.
Subject African American mothers -- Social conditions.
Parenting -- Social aspects.
Middle class African Americans -- Family relationships.
Intersectionality (Sociology)
Intersectionality (Sociology)
Parenting -- Social aspects.
Other Form: Online version: Dow, Dawn Marie, author. Mothering while black Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019] 9780520300323 (DLC) 2018042495
ISBN 9780520300316 hardcover alkaline paper
0520300319 hardcover alkaline paper
9780520300323 paperback
0520300327 paperback