11Childhood Adultification and the Paradox of Parenting: Perspectives on African American Boys in Economically Disadvantaged Families

Linda M. Burton, Donna-Marie Winn, Howard Stevenson, and Marvin McKinney

DeVaughn’s life story (see p. 168) is one of many we followed for over a decade in a longitudinal ethnographic study of low-income families residing in a small city in central Pennsylvania. Ethnography is a well-established naturalistic method for gathering data about the thoughts, behaviors, and everyday life experiences of families and individuals in the contexts in which they develop and spend time (Abbott, 2004; Burton, Garrett-Peters, ...

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