ERIC Number: ED045247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
From Village to Town: An Intermediate Step in the Acculturation of Alaska Eskimos.
Hippler, Arthur E.
The report discusses socialization as related to the movement of Alaska natives from small villages to larger villages and finally to Alaska's urban centers. The study, which was limited to the village milieu of Northwest Alaska Eskimo communities, points out that a type of quasi-urban acculturation is brought about by the natives' increased expectations for Western material goods in conjunction with their problems arising from limited possibilities for achieving these expectations and in part from pressures found in shifting their value system. The study is divided into 2 major sections: (1) analysis of life in several small communities representative of the range of acculturative experiences in villages and (2) description and analysis of life in Nome, a large village. The impinging social forces from the outside and the natives' changing subsistent enconomy are discussed, as are Christianity and alcoholism in the socialization process of the natives. In conclusion, it is noted that the migration is creating the usual problems of employment, racial discrimination, and poor social adjustment which intensifies cultural shock for the natives. (EL)
Descriptors: Acculturation, American Indians, Attitudes, Community, Culture, Desegregation Effects, Education, Employment, Eskimos, Migration, Relocation, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Status, Values
Training Center for Community Programs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Training Center for Community Programs.