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ERIC Number: ED066232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Pages: 11
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Adaptation of Appalachian Migrants to the Industrial Work Situation: A Case Study. Appalachian Center Research Report 2.
Schwarzweller, Harry K.
The research findings reported in this paper, a revised version of a paper presented at the Conference on Migration and Behavioral Deviance, Puerto Rico, 1968, are drawn from a study designed to supplement the survey phase of the Beech Creek Study (1961). The aim of this research report is to investigate patterns of adaptation and reaction to the industrial work situation. Interviewed in 1962 were 20 male migrants from rural Appalachia. Additional information concerning the characteristic and stereotyped traits of Appalachian migrants was obtained in 1963 from industrial relations personnel, foremen, and union representatives in the various factories where many of the Beech Creekers worked. It was determined that close family relationships facilitated a smooth transition from farming to factory employment. Migrants' initial entry into the industrial labor market, their advancement in occupational status and their changes in place of work, their reaction to lay-offs and unions, and their job satisfactions are discussed. It was concluded that the Beech Creek stem-family served to stabilize the migrant's social world external to the factory by keeping off-the-job problems distinct from on-the-job performance. For these migrants, adaptation to an industrial occupation role merely required the acceptance of new work behavior standards and had little effect upon the more important aspects of their life situation. (HBC)
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Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown.
Identifiers: Appalachia