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“The Hours I Keep”: The Burdens of Black Middle Class Mothers in Low-Income Areas

Alesia Fay Montgomery

UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families
Working Paper No. 40


This paper centers on the ways in which crumbling infrastructure within the urban core complicates the childrearing tactics and burdens of black middle class mothers. Although there has been considerable research on middle class mothers, the "hours kept" by black middle class mothers have not been as well studied as the "second shifts" of white middle class mothers. Drawing upon an in-depth ethnography, including photographs of urban settings, this paper details how differences in neighborhood resources structure differences in parenting burdens not only between black and white mothers but also between black mothers who reside in economically disparate areas of black communities such as South Los Angeles.

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