ERIC Number: ED189666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Black Identity and Alienation from White Society.
Allen, Richard L.
A study was conducted to examine the background factors related to two racial attitudes of blacks--black identity and alienation from white society in the United States--and to investigate the relationship between these two conceptually different notions of black racial attitudes. An area probability design was employed and 324 black adults living in the San Francisco, California, area were interviewed. Demographic and socioeconomic factors elicited were (1) age, (2) occupation, (3) income, (4) education, (5) perceived social class, and (6) sex. The subjects each completed a six-item agree-disagree scale measuring alienation from white society and a seven-item agree-disagree scale measuring black identity. The results indicated that younger blacks were more alienated from white society than were older blacks. Moreover, the younger, the more highly educated, and those of perceived lower social class all tended to have higher black identity. Although the correlation between black identity and alienation from white society was high, an analysis of the relationship of the background variables to the two indicated that they were conceptually distinct. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Research Foundation.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: Cablecommunications Resource Center, Washington, DC.; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).