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Unformatted text preview: hat explains the same phenomena employing a structural theory. The empirical
evidence and use of individual experience provided to support the structural theory undermines
every aspect of the cultural perspective's argument. The following section will detail the
structural theory for the prevalence of single-parent family structure among African Americans
and illuminate the various reasons this perspective eclipses that of cultural theorists.
Cultural theorists named slavery as the causal mechanism for the emergence of a
matriarchal family structure among African Americans and the root of the deteriorated family
structure, but in the book "Roll, Jordan, Roll", Eugene Genovese employs historical accounts to
refute this claim and provide ample evidence in the contrary. The prevalence of single-parent
family structure has been attributed to matriarchy, a weak sense of family, and the emasculation
of black men, but records of slave holders and historical accounts of slaves themselves reveal
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