Pathways to Resiliency

Black and Latino Families in America (First Edition)
Edited by ConSandra McNeil and Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah
©2016, 272 pages

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    Pathways to Resiliency: Black and Latino Families in America is a collection of articles and essays that highlights the experiences of Black and Latino families in the United States. The seven chapter anthology features works of diverse perspectives and outstanding scholarship in the areas of history and acculturation, racism and inequality, education, family and relationships, religion and spirituality, public health issues and practice, and social problems and policy.

    The material gives readers a deeper understanding of the origins, nature, and extent of these resilient families while exploring the issues that impact them.

    The included reading selections enhance up-to-date and much needed new material to the existing body of work in the study of Black and Latino families.

    Pathways to Resiliency: Black and Latino Families in America provides essential resources rooted in years of teaching within the area of study. The book is well-suited for courses that study the sociology of families, race and ethnic relations, and contemporary social problems.

    ConSandra McNeil earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln specializing in marriage and family, as well as African-American families. She is currently a professor of sociology at Jackson State University.
    Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah holds a Ph.D. in American studies with a concentration in women’s studies from the University of Buffalo. Currently, she is the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Hilbert College and a senior lecturer in the sociology department at Niagara University.
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    Pathways to Resiliency: Black and Latino Families in America is an impressive collection of readings. The book clearly demonstrates the family is not a monolithic entity. Rather, the book presents the family as a complex institution influenced by political, historical, cultural, and economic forces. With a variety of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies, the book takes an in-depth look at challenges and constraints faced by families in a time of deepening inequalities. This book investigates critical terrain such as education, religion, mass media, interpersonal relationships, health care, neighborhood violence, and more. In the face of significant challenges, we see how Black and Latino families effectively draw on various resources and continue to show resiliency and optimism.

    Dr. Todd Schoepflin, Associate Professor of sociology, Niagara University