The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology provides the most up to date exploration and analysis of research focused on Blacks in America. Beginning with an examination of the project of Black Sociology, it offers studies of recent events, including the ‘Stand Your Ground’ killing of Trayvon Martin, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on emerging adults, and efforts to change voting requirements that overwhelmingly affect Blacks, whilst engaging with questions of sexuality and family life, incarceration, health, educational outcomes and racial wage disparities.

Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s charge of engaging in objective research that has a positive impact on society, and organised around the themes of Social Inequities, Blacks and Education, Blacks and Health and Future Directions, this timely volume brings together the latest interdisciplinary research to offer a broad overview of the issues currently faced by Blacks in United States.

A timely, significant research guide that informs readers on the social, economic and physical condition of Blacks in America, and proposes directions for important future research. The Ashgate Research Companion will appeal to policy makers and scholars of Africana Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Politics, with interests in questions of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social inequalities, health and education.

part I|29 pages

Black Sociology: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

chapter 1|12 pages

Black Sociology

Continuing the Agenda
ByEarl Wright II, Edward V. Wallace

chapter 2|16 pages

Black Sociology

The Sociology of Knowledge, Racialized Power Relations of Knowledge and Humanistic Liberation
ByJennifer Padilla Wyse

part II|57 pages

Black Youth, Emerging Adults and the Family

chapter 3|10 pages

The Death of Trayvon Martin and Public Space

Why the Racial Contract Still Matters
ByDarwin Fishman

chapter 4|14 pages

Is it Easy Living in the Big Easy?

Examining the Lives of African American Emerging Adults in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
ByFarrah Gafford Cambrice

chapter 5|16 pages

The Psychosocial Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children and their Caregivers

BySheridan Quarless Kingsberry, Sachin Karnik, Fountain Natalie M., Kelly Wetzel

chapter 6|16 pages

“Sure there's Racism … But Homophobia—that's Different”

Experiences of Black Lesbians Who are Parenting in North-Central Florida at the Intersection of Race and Sexuality
ByClare Walsh

part III|69 pages

Education and the Economy

chapter 7|24 pages

Parental Expectations, Family Structure and the Black Gender Gap in Educational and Occupational Attainment

An Intersectional Approach to the Social Psychological Model of Status Attainment
ByTomeka Davis, Taralyn Keese

chapter 9|14 pages

African American Women Workers in the Postindustrial Period

The Role of Education in Evaluating Racial Wage Parity among Women
ByKatrinell M. Davis

chapter 10|18 pages

Race, Class and Nativity

A Multilevel Analysis of the Forgotten Working Class, 1980–2009
ByLori Latrice Martin, Hayward Derrick Horton, Teresa A. Booker

part IV|41 pages

Health Wellness

chapter 11|16 pages

What Do We Really Know

Revisiting the Stress-Health Relationship for Black Females Across the Lifespan
ByClaire M. Norris, Krista D. Mincey, Brian Turner, Makeda Roberts

chapter 12|16 pages

“We Need a New Normal”

Sociocultural Constructions of Obesity and Overweight among African American Women
ByAngelique Harris, David Nelson, Kimberly Salas Harris, Barbara A. Horner-Ibler, Edith Burns

chapter 13|8 pages


A Social Catastrophe
ByMarye Bernard, Malinda R. Conrad

part V|37 pages

Health Disparity Solutions

chapter 14|10 pages

Gaining Equity in Health Care

Building the Pipeline of Black Nurse Leaders
ByYvonne Wesley

chapter 16|16 pages

As Seen on TV?

Hip Hop Images and Health Consequences in the Black Community
ByOmotayo O. Banjo, Guy-Lucien Whembolua, Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, Nathaniel Frederick II, Jerod D. Lindsey

part VI|59 pages

Agency and the Black Community

chapter 17|12 pages

Music as Identity

Cultural Meaning, Social Hybridity and Musical Sonority In Indigenous Caribbean Music
ByMeagan Sylvester

chapter 18|18 pages

Give Us the Ballot! Gaining Enfranchisement in Mobile, Alabama

ByTimothy Broughton, Komanduri S. Murty

chapter 19|14 pages

The African American Church as an Enclave and Ethnic Resource

The Role of the Church in Economic Development
ByMarci Bounds Littlefield

chapter 20|14 pages

Not Televised but on Display

Exhibiting and Remembering Vestiges of the Black Freedom Movement
ByDerrick R. Brooms