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Impacts of Incarceration on the African American Family Paperback – November 25, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; Reprint edition (November 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765809737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765809735
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This compilation of empirical works and comprehensive literature reviews addresses the areas of incarceration and the African American family. The text also lays bare the relationship between America’s ‘war on drugs’ policies and ‘the race to incarcerate’ African Americans. . . . Social scientists, social workers, and other professionals will find this text a useful reference tool for designing studies, programs, and policies.”

—Ebonie Cunningham, Contemporary Sociology

About the Author

Othello Harris is a professor in the Department of Physical Education at Miami University of Ohio and editor of the Journal of African American Men.



R. Robin Miller is associate professor of Sociology at Drury University, Springfield Missouri.

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I am an African-American male and I share the concern that the community is in peril with so many brothers being locked up. This book is great in that it takes things further to ask how wives, children, and neighborhoods are hurt by this phenomenon. Unfortunately, the book is utterly predictable.

On the one hand, when books are produced after single conferences, they often result in anthologies with very uneven chapters. The editors here compiled different studies and this book doesn't suffer from that problem. However, the chapters are very repetitive. Each one starts with several pages about the numbers of locked-up brothers. Well, I don't need to (re)read that every 15 pages. Further, many of these chapters are dated.

The book suggests that families would be stronger if there could be longer and more frequent visits at cheaper costs. Okay, that's pretty obvious. The book says sons are particularly negatively impacted when fathers are locked up. No surprise there! This book has too many facts that a progressive could just predict without reading a page.

Maybe I had a corrupt copy. Though the book was published this decade, it had an old 1970s-looking cover. The pages were yellow like old books. I would have re-presented this text in a much more (post?)modern fashion.
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