“Journeys to the Alter: The Intimate Union Pattern of Low Income Urban and Rural Mothers”
Linda M. Burton
PhD., James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University, North Carolina
Dr. Burton’s research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches and examines the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the accelerated life course transitions of children and adults in urban and rural families. She is currently a member of the Committee on the Science of Research on Families for the Institute of Medicine, Deputy Editor for Demography, a member of Advisory Board of National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the Board of Directors for the Family Process Institute, and the Board of Directors for the Council on Contemporary Families. She is also a recipient of the Family Research Consortium IV Legacy Award and the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research. Dr. Burton directed the ethnographic component of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study and is principal investigator of a multi-site team ethnographic study (Family Life Project) of poverty, family processes, and child development in six rural communities.
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