Introduction to Africana Demography

Lessons from Founders E. Franklin Frazier, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Atlanta School of Sociology


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In Introduction to Africana Demography: Lessons from Founders E. Franklin Frazier, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Atlanta School of Sociology scholars from across the country wed Black Sociology with critical demography within an Africana Demography framework. Contributors speak to innovative ways to address pressing issues and have the added benefit of affording many of the scholars denied their rightful place in the sociological and demographic canons. Specifically, the book includes an introduction outlining Africana demography and chapters that provide a critique of conventional demographic approaches to understanding race and social institutions, such as the family, religion, and the criminal justice system.

Contributors include: Lori Latrice Martin, Anthony Hill, Melinda Jackson-Jefferson, Maretta McDonald, Weldon McWilliams, Jack S. Monell, Edward Muhammad, Brianne Painia, Tifanie Pulley, David I. Rudder, Jas M. Sullivan, Arthur Whaley, and Deadric Williams.

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Lori Latrice Martin, Ph.D. (2006), University at Albany, SUNY, is Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Big Box Schools (Lexington Books, 2015), among other scholarly publications.
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Lori Latrice Martin

Part 1: Africana Demography and Migration, Fertility, and Mortality

1 Carceral Migration: an Africana Demographic Reframing of Post-release Pathways for Formerly Incarcerated Populations
Brianne Painia

2 Child Support Enforcement as Social Control: Black Fathers and Multi-partner Fertility
Maretta McDonald

Part 2: Africana Demography and Policing

3 Us versus Them: “We Are More Fearful of the Police than the Actual Criminals”
Melinda Jackson-Jefferson

4 Policing the Black Community: History, Reality, and the Rudiments of Change
Edward Muhammad and Jack S. Monell

5 African Americans’ Response to Discrimination: Does Region Matter?
Jas M. Sullivan

Part 3: Africana Demography and Bridging Racial Gaps

6 Rethinking Black Families in Poverty: Postcolonial Critiques and Critical Race Possibilities
Deadric Williams

7 Embodying a Hybrid Habitus: Identity Construction and Social Mobility among Working-class Black Women
Tifanie Pulley and Arthur Whaley

8 A Black Theology of Liberation: the Black Church and a Living Wage
Weldon McWilliams

9 Reducing the Achievement Gap of African Americans through a Mental Health Lens
David I. Rudder and Anthony Hill

Demography, Sociology, African and African American Studies, Families, Criminology, Women’s and Gender’s Studies, American Religion, African American Religion
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