E. Franklin Frazier's Theory of the Black Family: Vindication and Sociological Insight

Semmes, Clovis E.
June 2001
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare;Jun2001, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p3
Academic Journal
Despite many accolades, E. Franklin Frazier, the first African American to be elected to the American Sociological Society, is also an object of scorn. Specifically, some accuse Frazier of a view that blames the ills of the Black community on female-headed households, illegitimacy, and family disorganization. Some also accuse Frazier of characterizing the Black family as broken and pathological and the opinion that families must be formal and nuclear in order to be viable. This paper argues that these representations of Frazier are mistaken and offers a more accurate and holistic portrayal of Frazier's sociological judgements and theorizing regarding the African-American family.


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