chapter  4
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The Debate over Culture

The debate over the Moynihan Report was part of a larger controversy regarding the causes of black poverty and the persisting disparities in income between blacks and whites. Whereas Moynihan focused on the family as the context within which poverty is replicated from generation to generation, others have pointed more broadly to the influence of culture. The family, after all, is immersed in a cultural framework that very largely shapes the form it takes and the values it represents.