ERIC Number: ED043712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Dynamics of Inner-City Problems. Seminar on Manpower Policy and Program.
This report is one in a series of proceedings of Seminars on Manpower Policy and Program sponsored by the Manpower Administration. It is argued that psychologists can make their greatest contribution to solving the problems of the inner city not by helping to write the various commission reports following outbreaks of civil violence but by attempting to understand why the recommendations of such commissions are commonly disregarded. The key to a psychological understanding of this self-destructuve policy that American society is carrying out lies in our failure to achieve a realistic perception of the nature of the problems with which society is faced. The motivational key to many inner city hostilities is the intolerable gap between what residents of such areas desire and what they can achieve. What a man has to have is not a job per se, but a position in which he can respect himself and be respected by other people; economic productivity is not essential. In conclusion, if through psychology one can deal with the irrational factors blocking progress, rational changes can be introduced. (JM)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Black Community, Black Power, Hostility, Inner City, Perception, Policy Formation, Psychological Characteristics, Psychological Needs, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Urban Problems, Violence, Work Attitudes
Manpower Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.