Essay on Single Parent Homes

Proponents of the structural theory for the changing

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Unformatted text preview: al bias. Proponents of the structural theory for the changing structure of African American families conversely root their ideas in concrete empirical evidence as well as first hand interviews with members of the culture in question. This paper will serve as an analysis of both the cultural and structural theories, and will also discuss the prevailing reasons why the structural theory and its proposed solutions will better serve the functions of public policy and the plight of African American people themselves. The argument posed by proponents of the cultural theory simply serves to rationalize the deterioration of traditional family ideals amongst impoverished African Americans by pushing racial, gender and class ideology. This is most evident in Patricia Hill Collins' article "A Comparison of Two Works on Black Family Life", an analysis of Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report, "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action" and Bill Moyer's "The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America". Both works are exposed to lack in supporting evidence, and to pose claims about African American culture and resulting family structure that disregards the prevalence of middle and upper class family structures, fails to address alternative family structures, and under emphasizes the effects of racism and discrimination on the socioeconomic status of African Amer...
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