Sex Roles, Vol. 52, Nos. 9/10, May 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-3739-1 Book Review Black Fathers in Contemporary American Soci- demonstrates the social and economic beneﬁts of ety: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Strategies for marriage for Black men. Married Black men live Change. Edited by Obie Clayton, Ronald B. longer, earn more money, and have better mental Mincy, and David Blankenhorn, New York, and physical health. The author contends that men Russell Sage Foundation; 2003. 179 pp. $35.00. are not getting married because public policy con- ISBN 0-87154-161-0. centrates on mothers and not fathers. Nock suggests that the deﬁnition of marriage needs to be changed Obie Clayton, Ronald Mincy, and David in order to adapt to the new family where married Blankenhorn’s Black Fathers in Contemporary couples are challenging traditional gender roles. His- American Society is a collection of essays from the torically, married Black women have always worked, 1998 conference on Black fatherhood held at More- but Black men are still viewed as the breadwinner house College, Atlanta, Georgia. The contributors or head of the household. Black men must under- to this book are from a variety of disciplines, and stand the long-term beneﬁts of marriage, but they each
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