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ERIC Number: ED011543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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RATIONALE FOR A CULTURALLY BASED PROGRAM OF ACTION AGAINST POVERTY AMONG NEW YORK PUERTO RICANS.
BONILLA, FRANK
THE WRITER TOOK THE POSITION THAT ANY ACTION PROGRAM TO CHANGE THE POVERTY CONDITIONS OF NEW YORK CITY PUERTO RICANS SHOULD BE BASED ON KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR CULTURAL LIFE. THERE EXISTS AMONG PUERTO RICANS A SENSE OF ETHNIC IDENTIFICATION AND UNITY WHICH AFFECTS THEIR BEHAVIOR WITHIN THE LARGER COMMUNITY. ONE FACTOR WHICH FIGURES IMPORTANTLY IN NEW YORK CITY PUERTO RICAN CULTURE IS THE PROBLEM OF CULTURAL DUALITIES, WHICH ARE A RESULT OF THE STRESS OF ADAPTATION FROM THE ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND CULTURE. FOR EXAMPLE, ALTHOUGH THE FAMILY RELATIONSHIP STILL IS A STRONGLY EXTENDED NETWORK OF KINSHIP WHICH OFFERS A SENSE OF MUTUAL OBLIGATION, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SEXES HAS BECOME MORE EQUALITARIAN, AND CONFLICT HAS ARISEN BETWEEN THE ELDER'S CULTURALLY ROOTED BELIEF IN HIS OWN SELF-WORTH, DESPITE HIS REALISTIC AWARENESS OF HIS DISADVANTAGED POSITION, AND THE ADOLESCENT'S FEELING OF POWER IN THE FAMILY BECAUSE OF HIS BETTER EDUCATION. AN ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE PUERTO RICAN'S BEHAVIOR, ESPECIALLY IN HIS FEELINGS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION, IS HIS COMPLEX RACIAL ATTITUDE. IF PUERTO RICANS CAN BE MADE TO FEEL THAT THEIR CULTURE IS RECOGNIZED AND AFFIRMED, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP TO BRING ABOUT THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO REMOVE THE EFFECTS OF POVERTY IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE PUERTO RICAN FORUM, OCTOBER 1964. (EF)
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Identifiers: New York (New York)