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Linda Burton, James B. Duke Professor and Co-Director of International Comparative Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center forStudy of Aging and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research and Affiliate o

Linda Burton

 

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Linda Burton
James B. Duke Professor and Co-Director of International Comparative Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center forStudy of Aging and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research and Affiliate o

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Areas of Interest:

 
Poverty,
Intergenerational Families,
Family Life Course Transitions,
Neighborhood Context,
Ethnographic Methods
 
My program of research is conceptually grounded in life course, developmental, and ecological perspectives and focuses on three themes concerning the lives of America's poorest urban, small town, and rural families: (1) intergenerational family structures, processes, and role transitions; (2) the meaning of context and place in the daily lives of families; and, (3) childhood adultification and the accelerated life course. My methodological approach to exploring these issues is comparative, longitudinal, and multi-method. The comparative dimension of my research comprises in-depth within group analysis of low income African American, White, and, Hispanic/Latino families, as well as systematic examinations of similarities and differences across groups. I employ longitudinal designs in my studies to identify distinct and often nuanced contextual and ethnic/racial features of development that shape the family structures, processes (e.g., intergenerational care-giving) and life course transitions (e.g., grandparenthood, marriage) families experience over time. I am principally an ethnographer, but integrate survey and geographic and spatial analysis in my work. I was one of six principal investigators involved in an multisite, multi-method collaborative study of the impact of welfare reform on families and children (Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study). I directed the ethnographic component of the Three-City Study and was also principal investigator of an ethnographic study of rural poverty and child development (The Family Life Project). 
 

Selected Publications/Recent Research:

 
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    Brady, D. & Burton, L.M. (Eds.)  (2013) . The Oxford handbook of the social science of poverty    N.Y. Oxford University Press

    W. Welsh & Burton, L.M.  (2016) . Home, heart, and being Latina: Housing and intimate relationship power among low-income Mexican mothers    Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

    R. Garrett-Peters & L.M. Burton  (2015) . Reframing marriage and marital delay among low-income mothers: An interactionist perspective    Journal of Family Theory and Review , 242-264

    LM Burton  (2014) . Seeking Romance in the Crosshairs of Multiple-Partner Fertility: Ethnographic Insights on Low-Income Urban and Rural Mothers    The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science , Vol. 654, No. 1, , 185-212
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716214530831

    LM Burton and CB Stack  (2014) . “Breakfast at Elmo’s”: Adolescent boys and disruptive politics in the kinscripts narrative    scopus A.Garey, R. Hertz, & M. Nelson. Nashville, TN Vanderbilt University Press , 174-191

 

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