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Black families in corporate America
Toliver, Susan Diane.
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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [1998]

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xiii, 193 pages ; 24 cm.

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What progress have African-Americans made in corporate America? This book examines the evidence of studies on 200 black corporate managers and their families. Susan Toliver looks at changing gender dynamics within the families of black managers, changes in approaches to parenting, and issues of racial identity within corporations and the professional black community.

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Except for E. Franklin Frazier's Black Bourgeoisie(1957), the literature is lamentably devoid of a critical assessment of corporate and managerial African American families. Toliver's study suggests that examination of these families will provide a clearer understanding of the diversity present among black families. Citing the intellectual precursors who influenced her in the field of black family studies, the author moves from the statement of the problem to an analysis of how black corporate and managerial families have been able to survive in spite of tremendous obstacles. Toliver covers a litany of topics. Explaining her methodology, she assesses the relationship between corporate family stress and the highly entrenched strengths that allow such families to cope with the stressors. Chapters cover issues such as women and work, interpersonal relations, relocation, and the role of black corporate wives in their husbands' work, among others. Chapter 9, "Inside-Outside: Themes of Marginality," deals with the more substantive issues facing corporate families. The concluding chapter ties the preceding discourse together with an eye toward familiarizing the reader with both future research and policy implications. This book has value for a broad-ranged readership. All levels. R. Stewart SUNY College at Buffalo

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction
Corporate Family Stress, Black Family Strengths
The Literature
How the Research Was Done
Methods, Materials and Sources of Data
Part 2 Introduction
Presentation of Selected Data
What the Findings of This Study Reveal about Corporate Family Stress and Black Family Strengths
Women, Work and Interpersonal Relationships
Families on the Move
Wives' Incorporation in Husbands' Work
Black Middle Class Issues and Concerns
Inside - Outside
Themes of Marginality
Summary, Conclusions and Discussion