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Race, Marriage, Markets, Choice, and Some Reflections on Is Marriage for White People?

Professor of Law and Judge Alexander T. Waugh Sr. Scholar, Rutgers Law School-Newark
Abstract :

Is Marriage for White People? How the African-American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone1 by Stanford Law School Professor Ralph Richard Banks tackles the controversial subject of the decline, in recent decades, of marriage rates among African-Americans. The book provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the reasons fewer African-Americans have been getting married in recent years. The book then offers a recommendation to address this state of affairs—one Banks considers a significant problem not only for AfricanAmericans but also for the entire nation. The book focuses on the middle class, especially professional and middle class African-American women. While substantial public attention is often focused on African-American women who are struggling with poverty, drugs, public assistance, domestic violence, HIV status, and the child welfare system, rarely is attention paid to the experiences and emotional lives of AfricanAmerican women who are educated, professional, and middle or upper-middle class.2 This book is a rare and welcomed attempt to explore an aspect of the lives of a group of women who have made substantial progress in the workplace in recent decades but whose prospects for forming successful intimate relationships is often seemingly complicated by their success. 

Keywords :
Marriage, woman

Date Deposited : 31 Mar 2016 11:51

Last Modified : 31 Mar 2016 11:51

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Volume 23, Number 1, - 2015 , ISSN 2328-9732

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