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It’s All about the Children: An Intersectional Perspective on Parenting Values among Black Married Couples in the United States


  • Caitlin Cross-Barnet

    () (Hopkins Population Center, The Johns Hopkins University, 3003 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 22128, USA)

  • Katrina Bell McDonald

    () (Department of Sociology, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA)


Black families in the United States are usually studied from a deficit perspective that primarily considers single parents in poverty. There is, however, considerable diversity among American Black families in terms of social class, immigration status, marital status, and parenting values and practices. Using data from the Contemporary Black Marriage Study, a study of young married couples who are native-born Black, African immigrants, or Caribbean immigrants, this research examines childbearing and parenting values from an intersectional perspective. A sample of whites is included for comparison purposes. The research considers impacts of social class, immigration, gender, and race as well as structural influences. Diversity exists both within and among social and demographic groups.

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  • Caitlin Cross-Barnet & Katrina Bell McDonald, 2015. "It’s All about the Children: An Intersectional Perspective on Parenting Values among Black Married Couples in the United States," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(4), pages 1-17, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:5:y:2015:i:4:p:855-871:d:60630

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    immigration; United States; families; Black/African American; social class; intersectionality;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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