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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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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2012 for the course ETHC 447 taught by Professor Crozat during the Spring '12 term at DeVry Addison.
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