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ERIC Number: ED013493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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RACE RELATIONS AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
COLEMAN, JAMES S.
BASED UPON AN ECONOMIC MODEL OF SOCIAL ASSETS AND DEFICITS, A NUMBER OF THEORETICAL FORMULATIONS ARE SUGGESTED FOR RESEARCH TO DETERMINE HOW NEGROES MAY ATTAIN POWER OR PERSONAL OPPORTUNITY AND STATUS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY EQUIVALENT TO THAT ENJOYED BY THE WHITE MAJORITY. PRIMARY DEFICITS HELD BY NEGROES IN AMERICAN SOCIETY INCLUDE LIMITATION OF SOCIAL ACTION AS A CONSEQUENCE OF SKIN COLOR, RELATIVELY LOW ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER, COMPARATIVELY LOW FAMILY AND COMMUNITY COHESION, AND THE LARGER SOCIETAL ATTRIBUTES OF WHITE PREJUDICE, LIMITED NUMBER OF JOBS REQUIRING LITTLE EDUCATION, AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF LIVING ON A SUBSISTENCE ECONOMY. PRIMARY ASSETS INCLUDE GROWING POLITICAL POWER AND AN EXPANDING NATIONAL ECONOMY WHICH MAKE POSSIBLE THE ALLOCATION OF NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR RAISING NEGRO POWER. RESEARCH IS PROPOSED TO DETERMINE WAYS FOR CONVERTING INTO POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE FACTORS A NUMBER OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THE NEGRO COMMUNITY, INCLUDING COMMUNITY TRUST AND COHESION, FAMILY AND PERSONAL RESOURCES, LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS, ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY, AND THE POWER POTENTIALS OF DIRECT VOTE, GEOGRAPHIC CONCENTRATION, AND COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION. A DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY OF 11 RELEVANT THEORIES OF CHANGE OUTLINES ACTION AREAS (OCCUPATION, FAMILY, SCHOOL, LOCAL COMMUNITY, ELECTIONS, LEGISLATURE, COURTS, AND COLLECTIVE POLITICAL ACTION), SOURCES AND FOCI OF CHANGE (THE INDIVIDUAL, THE COMMUNITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS), INTERACTION BETWEEN RESOURCES, AND CORRELATION OF RESOURCE INPUT-OUTPUT WITH ARENAS OF ACTION. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR A CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN RACE RELATIONS (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, APRIL 7-9, 1967). (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: Maryland (Baltimore)