African American Children: Socialization and Development in by Shirley A. Hill

By Shirley A. Hill

In the context of turning out to be variety, Shirley A. Hill examines the paintings mom and dad do in elevating their young children. in keeping with interviews and survey info, African American Children contains blacks of varied social sessions in addition to a comparative pattern of whites. It covers significant parts of kid socialization: educating values, self-discipline innovations, gender socialization, racial socialization, prolonged households -- displaying how either race and sophistication make a distinction, and emphasizing styles that problem current study that perspectives black households as a monolithic crew.

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Father] and very competitive. [Mother] . . He's a very loving and emotional little fellow. Academically, he does very well in school. But we've found that for behaviors, we always have to have some behavior mod program going on at home and school to keep him in check. A lot of it is because he goes to a Christian school [which is very strict], a predominantly white school. But he's doing real well this year; we're very much pleased. [Father] I think he feels pretty good about h i m s e l f .

Childbearing under slavery probably provided some gratification for black parents, given the emphasis in their African cultural heritage on children and the fact that children often offered hope for racial survival and for a better future. Still, having and raising children under slavery was often involuntary, demeaning, and burdensome, as slaves often had very little control over their reproductive lives. T h e extent t o which pregnancy and childbirth exempted w o m e n from field labor varied.

She has the resources to provide a g o o d h o m e for J a s o n and, despite a heavy workload, manages t o spend a great deal o f time with him. Asked to describe her son, J a c k i e is clearly excited about his personality and development: He's curious, adventuresome—very adventuresome—somewhat independent I would say that's because I'm a single parent, not totally, but I attribute a lot of it to that. A lot of times he has to go along with me to school, like when I was doing the master's program .

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