Families in peril : an agenda for social change / Marian Wright Edelman.

By: Edelman, Marian WrightMaterial type: TextTextSeries: W.E.B. Du Bois lectures: Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1987Description: xii, 127 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0674292286 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 9780674292284 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 0674292294 (paper); 9780674292291 (paper)Subject(s): Dysfunctional families -- United States | African American families | Poor -- United States | Family policy -- United States | United States Families Social problemsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Families in peril.DDC classification: 362.8/28/0973 LOC classification: HV699 | .E34 1987Other classification: MS 1900 Also issued online.
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HV699 .B36 1994 Welfare realities : HV699 .B49 1997 The family at risk : HV699 .B73 1988 Social work and the unemployed / HV699 .E34 1987 Families in peril : HV699 .M67 1986 Family and nation : HV699 .S38 1994 Putting families first : HV699 .S74 1974 Separating parents and adolescents;

Includes bibliographical references (p. [115]-122) and index.

Also issued online.

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This book grew out of the 1986 W.E.B. DuBois Lectures given by Edelman, head of the Children's Defense Fund. Edelman emphasizes the abysmal situation of poor families and children, especially (but not only) black families in America, the national scope of the problem, and the mutuality of interest that calls for a solution. She believes strongly in the positive role of goverment policy vis a vis social change, the importance of fact finding, the necessity of understanding and working with manageable segments of the problem to effect and sustain immediate and long-term efforts essential to break the generational circle of povertyto ensure for America that all our children are healthy, educated, productive, and compassionate. Reasoned, practical, intensely earnest, this is highly recommended. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Agricultural & Technical Coll. Lib., Alfred (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund and a scholar of black and white family life, pursues an agenda of changes in social structure. She offers good empirical evidence to support her incisive analysis, and writes with a moral concern reminiscent of Michael Harrington's The New American Poverty (1984). The documentation is well selected, relevant, and recent. Edelman's focus is often on the implications of policy for the welfare of children. Although different in style, her work is similar to Charles V. Willie's A New Look at Black Families (2nd ed., 1981). A nice addition to collections in social sciences, social problems, family policy, and poverty. Public and academic libraries, community college level up.-Y. Peterson, Saint Xavier College

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