Demonstrates the impact of economic conditions on family life and views patterns of marriage and childbearing as responsive to prevailing social and political conditions. This title argues that high levels of single-parenthood among urban African American families reflect rational responses to socio-economic environment and government policies.

The Bottom Rung 1999, University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign, IL

ISBN-13: 9780252024351

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The Bottom Rung 1998, University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign, IL

ISBN-13: 9780252067457

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