Expansion of the Black Middle Class Cause and Effect Essay by tgirl

Expansion of the Black Middle Class
This paper discusses the effects of the expansion of the black middle class.
# 106235 | 1,528 words | 5 sources | APA | 2001 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that the phenomenal growth of the black middle class in the past twenty years has created a tremendous need for further in-depth study. The writer points out that essentially, the majority of studies on the black family have been about the underclass and how its persistence affects the family structure. The writer notes that associated with anyone considered a part of the middle class are a number of stresses. The writer then addresses the issues of some of the stresses that black middle class families in particular deal with and looks at how they are translated in respect to their relationships. In discussing these issues, it is also important to note whether or not the overall optimism felt for the growth of the black middle class is justified. The writer concludes that though the data on the economic situation of black middle class families continues to show that their standard of living is not comparable to white middle class families, one must admit the rise in numbers of such families (despite these odds) is encouraging.

Origins of the Black Middle Class
Psychological Consequences of Black Middle Class : Work Ethic
Psychological Consequences of Black Middle Class : Guilt
Psychological Consequences of Black Middle Class : Identity Confusion

From the Paper:

"They have been able to access the resources necessary to attain middle class status through their own efforts or the efforts of their families. Yet generally they are very conscious of their status' instability and consider it temporary.
"The "descendant" category consists of those from established Black families with prominent histories. Meaning, their middle class status can be traced back many generations to the Civil War. Many come from families that were either free before the war or freed afterwards. Others are descendants of Blacks with blood ties to Whites who provided special privileges to them. These more established middle class families are known to have a stronger sense of self and belonging than the "nouveau" group. They are not worried about their status due to their profound sense of "having" and sense of "place"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coner-Edwards, Alice F. et al. (1988). Black Families in Crisis. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Landry, Bart. (1987). The New Black Middle Class. California: University of California Press.
  • McDonald, Katrina Bell. (1997). "Black Activist Mothering: A Historical Intersection of Race, Gender, and Class" in Gender & Society. pp 773-795. vol 11.
  • Tatum, Beverly Daniel. (1987). Assimilation Blues. New York: Greenwood Press.
  • Wilkinson, Doris Y. (1990). "Afro Americans in the Corporation: An Assessment of the Impact on the Family" in Marriage and Family Review, pp 115-129. vol 15.

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