Forgot your password?  

All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 8: Conclusion Summary

Carol B. Stack
This Study Guide consists of approximately 26 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of All Our Kin.
This section contains 261 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community Study Guide

Chapter 8: Conclusion Summary and Analysis

While many stereotypes, believed even by serious academics, suggest that the behaviors common among the black urban poor are self-destructive and conducive to continued impoverishment, this study has shown that these behaviors are actually creative adaptations to desperate economic circumstances. The complex system of swapping for example is a way of distributing scarce resources in such a way as to ensure that the most needy at any given time are taken care of. By giving one's resources to another in his time of need, that person is thereby obligated to reciprocate in the future. Likewise, unstable living arrangements are a response and adaptation to unstable economic circumstances.

Many writers who have studied the problem of black poverty have concluded that the way to alleviate it is to reform the existing welfare programs, increase funding, and add programs of a similar kind. However, these...

(read more from the Chapter 8: Conclusion Summary)

This section contains 261 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community Study Guide
Copyrights
All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook