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ERIC Number: ED015225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun-15
Pages: 63
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Reference Count: 0
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AN ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA ON THE SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF RESIDENTS OF "VINE CITY"--A NEGRO SLUM GHETTO WITHIN THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA. FINAL REPORT.
HALVORSEN, MARCIA L.
IN THIS REPORT DATA DESCRIBING THE SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF RESIDENTS OF "VINE CITY," A NEGRO SLUM IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, ARE STATISTICALLY SUMMARIZED AND ANALYZED. ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX PERSONS, MOSTLY WOMEN, REPRESENTING 11 PERCENT OF "VINE CITY'S" FAMILY POPULATION, WERE INTERVIEWED BY STUDENTS AT A NEARBY COLLEGE. THE INTERVIEW TOPICS, AROUND WHICH THE REPORT IS ORGANIZED, WERE--FAMILY STRUCTURE, HOUSING, EDUCATION, HEALTH, BUDGET AND SPENDING, INCOME AND EMPLOYMENT, POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS AGENCIES OF AUTHORITY, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, DEVIANT BEHAVIOR, AND SOCIAL CLASS IDENTIFICATION. IT WAS FOUND THAT INCOME LEVELS ARE OFTEN BELOW NATIONAL POVERTY FIGURES. SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES ARE HIGH, AND EMPLOYMENT IS EITHER MENIAL OR UNCERTAIN. MORE HOMES ARE HEADED BY WOMEN THAN NATIONAL STATISTICS WOULD INDICATE. POOR HOUSING AT EXORBITANT RENTS, HIGH-PRICED, LOW QUALITY MERCHANDISE IN NEIGHBORHOOD STORES, AND INADEQUATE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ADD TO THE GENERAL IMPOVERISHMENT OF THE COMMUNITY RESIDENTS. AGENCIES WHICH REPRESENT AUTHORITY ARE VIEWED WITH HOSTILITY, AND CONFLICT WITH THE LAW IS COMMON. FEW PEOPLE BOTHER TO VOTE. BECAUSE THE POOR WITHDRAW AND DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SOCIETY, THEY BECOME DEPENDENT ON THE DECISIONS AND POLICIES OF AN OUTSIDE AUTHORITY AND UNABLE TO CONTROL THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. FOR THE WAR ON POVERTY TO BE EFFECTIVE, THERE SHOULD BE MAJOR CHANGES IN POWER RELATIONSHIPS SO THAT THE POOR CAN HAVE GREATER CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Spelman Coll., Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: GEORGIA; Georgia (Atlanta)