Not Our Kind of Girl: Unravelling the Myths of Black Teenage Motherhood

By: Elaine Bell Kaplan

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One of the most worrisome images in America today is that of the teenage mother. For the African-American community, that image is especially troubling: All the problems of the welfare system seem to spotlight the black teenage mom. Elaine Bell Kaplan's affecting and insightful book dispels common perceptions of these young women. Her interviews with the women themselves, and with their mothers and grandmothers, provide a vivid picture of lives caught in the intersection of race, class, and gender.
Kaplan challenges the assumption conveyed in the popular media that the African-American community condones teen pregnancy, single parenting, and reliance on welfare. Especially telling are the feelings of frustration, anger, and disappointment expressed by the mothers and grandmothers Kaplan interviewed. And in listening to teenage mothers discuss their problems, Kaplan hears first-hand of their misunderstandings regarding sex, their fraught relationships with men, and their difficulties with the educational system--all factors that bear heavily on their status as young parents.
Kaplan's own experience as an African-American teenage mother adds a personal dimension to this book, and she offers substantial proposals for rethinking and reassessing the class factors, gender relations, and racism that influence black teenagers to become mothers.

Title: Not Our Kind of Girl: Unravelling the Myths of Black Teenage Motherhood

Author Name: Elaine Bell Kaplan

Categories: Sociology SC,

Publisher: University of California Press: August 1997

ISBN Number: 0520208587

ISBN Number 13: 9780520208582

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Used - Good

Seller ID: 10000000217148

Description: Light shelfwear and edgewear to covers with small ding to back. Domestic orders shipped with USPS tracking numbers.