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"It Just Kind of Like Falls in Your Hands": Factors that Influence Black Aunts' Decisions to Parent Their Nieces and Nephews

Regina Davis-Sowers
Journal of Black Studies
Vol. 43, No. 3 (APRIL 2012), pp. 231-250
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23215211
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"It Just Kind of Like Falls in Your Hands": Factors that Influence Black Aunts' Decisions to Parent Their Nieces and Nephews
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Abstract

Using a modified grounded theory method and Black feminist theory, the author explored the factors that influence the decision-making processes of Black aunts parenting nieces and nephews. Analysis revealed six themes that facilitated beliefs in a lack of agency in the decision-making process: perceptions of a crisis, fulfillment of family obligations, personal identities, faith in God, gendered expectations, and the role of the Black aunt. Findings emphasized the impact of cultural traditions and gendered expectations on the meanings that Black aunts attach to familial roles and the influence of past and current racism on their definitions of the situation.

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