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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 27th Printing edition (August 4, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061319821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061319822
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R.J. on April 29, 2010
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A classic ethnography of the social networks and kin structures of low-income Black Americans in a the early 1970's. This book helped me a great deal when I conducted an ethnographic study in an urban, low-income US city in 2009. Some of the findings in the book might be anachronistic or place specific, but she gives the reader a great deal of insight into the logic of these structures. Rather than seeing household and kin ties as deviant, the way many Americans do, she shows that they make perfect sense given the history and political-economic conditions of the people in her study.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Anderson on May 26, 2011
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I read this book 25-years ago for a Marriage and Family class. I have not re-read it since. The fact that I still remember the book and the essence of its content speaks to how pertinent it is to understanding the culture and how, based on more recent news, it has not really changed since the book was written. I have continually thought about this work on and off over the years and still have not come up with a plausible idea on how to improve the culture, especially since those it do not see the need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Di on February 2, 2013
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From the first I read this small powerful book on how Black women survive and necessary it was for them to cope in this way in the very uncertain, borderline world they lived. It is a classic.
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Carol Stack did a great job of exploring what happens to poor people in a poor community in a capitalist world. Even if that's not where you come from, or ever want to go, there's a lot to relate to in the connections of the families and friends.
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By JDA on November 26, 2014
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Easy to read with critict on culture of poverty, racism, classism, and government agenda.
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