Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Sociology book claiming Caribbean fathers are absent pulled in UK

The controversial textbook was pulled by a UK publisher for generalisations about Caribbean families.

The controversial textbook was pulled by a UK publisher for generalisations about Caribbean families.

A publisher in the United Kingdom has halted the supply of a sociology textbook that paints Caribbean families, particularly men, in a negative light.

The book, Sociology by Rosie Owens and Ian Woodfield, has been criticised by prominent MP David Lammy and others who called on the publishers to back up their claims.  The textbook was officially approved by exam board AQA.

".@AQA and @hodderschools why are sweeping generalisations about African Carribean people that stereotype communities like this in your GCSE sociology textbook? Sometimes it feels like little has changed since I was at school in the 80s," Lammy wrote on Twitter. 

The book says: “In Caribbean families, the fathers and husbands are largely absent and women assume the most responsibility in childrearing.

“When men and women live together, it is usually in cohabiting or common law relationships that reproduce the traditional patriarchal division of labour.”

“The family system is also characterised by child-shifting, that is, the passing of children to other relatives or acquaintances if the parents find themselves unable to take care of them. As a result, multiple women are involved in childhood socialisation.”

Faced with criticism of the text, publishers Hodder Education says: "We are taking this feedback very seriously; we will be working with the authors and reviewing the entire textbook as a result of the concerns raised. Meanwhile, we have stopped supplying the book for sale."

 

 

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