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ERIC Number: ED015381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 21
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AN ANALYSIS OF PARTICIPATION IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY. RESEARCH SERIES, NUMBER 1.
MILLER, ROBERT W.; ZELLER, FREDRICK A.
AN ASSESSMENT IS MADE OF VARIABLES THAT ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. ONE VARIABLE IS THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF FELT NEEDS, WHICH ARE DETERMINED PARTLY BY PERSONALITY BUT FAR MORE--ESPECIALLY AMONG THE POOR--BY ENVIRONMENT. ANOTHER IS THE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT ONE CAN IDENTIFY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR MARKET AND IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES. A RELATED VARIABLE IS AN INDIVIDUAL'S REPERTOIRE OF ECONOMIC, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS AND RESOURCES. STILL ANOTHER FACTOR IS THE DEGREE OF APPROVAL, OR LACK OF DISAPPROVAL, SHOWN BY INFLUENTIAL PERSONS TOWARD ANY GIVEN ACTIVITY. THE FINAL VARIABLE NAMED IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, OR POLITICAL UNITS ENCOURAGED OR DISCOURAGED PARTICIPATION. POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR INCREASING PARTICIPATION BY THE POOR MUST HAVE TWO AIMS--TO ENHANCE THE INDIVIDUAL'S ABILITY AND INCLINATION TO PARTICIPATE, AND TO MODIFY THE INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE IN ORDER TO MAKE PARTICIPATION LESS DIFFICULT. (THE DOCUMENT INCLUDES 24 FOOTNOTES.) (LY)
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Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Appalachian Center.
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