“The Origins of African American Family Structure” Article Review

The article The Origins of African American Family Structure by Steven Ruggles reveals the detailed analysis of the family structure in the African American community from 1880 to 1980. The family structure of African Americans has proved to be quite different and the researcher reveals causes of such differences, namely reasons why the share of single parent families in the African American community is consistently higher compared to the white community.

Before reading the article, I had quite a vague knowledge of the family structure in the African American community. At any rate, I believed that the family structure in the African American community was not much different from the family structure in the mainstream cultural group. I knew the difference was substantial in the time of slavery because African Americans could not have their families being slaves, unless their masters allowed them to. I expected that there could be some problems in the family structure caused by such background of the African American community.

In this regard, Ruggles revealed the considerable difference between white and African American families. The share of single parent families in African American community was much higher compared to white families. The researcher also revealed the impact of the single parent family on the life of African American families, which had the larger share of extended households compared to white families. The researcher explains this different by the family structure in the African American community.

Thus, Ruggles reveals an important trend to single parenthood in African American family structure that has a considerable impact on their life and increases the share of extended households in the African American community. This article is useful in terms of understanding of the family structure of African Americans and its difference from the mainstream cultural group.

Works Cited:

Ruggles, S. The origins of African American family structure, American Sociological Review, 59, 1994, 136-151.

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