Black families in Britain as the site of struggle

Edited by Bertha Ochieng and Carl Hylton

Black families in Britain as the site of struggle

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7686-2
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: May 2010
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global), SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, Ethnic studies, Relating to ethnic minorities & groups, Sociology, Sociology


This edited book provides a valuable, unique and scholarly contribution to the study of Black families (African and African Caribbean) in the UK. It combines a systematic yet clear-headed approach with up-to-date and well-researched data to support its many stimulating assertions.

All fifteen contributors (including academics, arts practitioners and community activists) are of African or African Caribbean descent and approach their subject matter with a dedicated 'hands-on' feel. Their committed approach is supported by empirical research and comprehensive review of the literature.

With chapters on social policy, education, music, sports, social exclusion, racism, religion and spirituality, this book will become the essential text about UK families of African/Caribbean descent for higher education students, professionals, practitioners and the general reader. It will also appeal to professional organisations working with Black individuals and families.


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List of contributors
1. Introduction and overview of research with Black families - Laura Serrant-Green, Carl Hylton and Bertha Ochieng
2. History and profile of Black families in Britain - Franklin Smith
3. Black families and child-rearing practices - Bertha Ochieng
4. Overcoming the 'triple quandary': how Black students navigate the obstacles of achievement - Tony Sewell
5. Mothering and the family as sites of struggle: theorising 'race' and gender through the perspectives of Caribbean mothers in the UK - Tracy Reynolds
6. Black UK families and the labour market: an historical review of the continuing difficulties of establishing a firm economic base - Jerome Williams
7. Personal social services and locality: UK Black elders and young carers, health care and housing provision - Alice Sawyerr, Carl Hylton and Valerie Moore
8. Conceptualisation and effects of social exclusion, racism and discrimination and coping strategies of individuals and families - William (Lez) Henry
9. The cultural politics of African Caribbean and West African families in the UK - Perry Stanislas
10. Rites of passage and family bonds - Trevor Gordon
11. The Black family and sport: its all good . right? - Kevin Hylton
12. Creating and sustaining African self-identity in the Western diaspora - Carl Hylton
13. Black music as a key revolutionary signifier - Richmond Quarshie
14. Spirituality and Black family life - Garnet Parris
15. Conclusion: Can you didgeridoo? - Carl Hylton and Bertha Ochieng


Bertha M. N. Ochieng is Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford

Carl Hylton is a freelance researcher, community activist, consultant and archivist. He is former Project Director of Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project

Black families in Britain as the site of struggle

Edited by Bertha Ochieng, Carl Hylton

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