Living Poor: Family Life among Single Parent, African-American Women.

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Uses qualitative interviews from a sample of never-married African-American mothers to describe the ways that poor women dynamically adapt to economic marginality. The empirical data serve to expand on structural explanations that correctly demonstrate the link between economic factors and family patterns among the poor but ignore nonnuclear family arrangements and omit personal agency in understanding poverty. Findings from the study highlight the viability of alternative family patterns and the active roles that women play in mediating the effects of poverty.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-49
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Problems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1994


  • POOR people
  • AFRICAN American women
  • SINGLE parents
  • SOCIOLOGICAL research
  • SINGLE mothers

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