ERIC Number: ED227184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Sociological View of an All American City. School-Community Relations in Pontiac, Michigan during the "Age of Complexity." Part II. The Work of Nets.
Scherer, Jacqueline; And Others
This is the second of a four-part study on the function of social networks in school community relations in Pontiac, Michigan. This volume consists of a 20th century social, economic, and demographic history of Pontiac, focusing on (1) the role of the auto industry in forming the socioeconomic character of the city, and (2) race relations. Then the years from 1964 to 1970 are examined; this period is seen as setting the stage for the current complexity of the city's racial and social relations. Community conflicts over school desegregation are described in detail, as is the litigation (Davis et al. vs School District of the City of Pontiac) that finally led to the court order to desegregate the city's schools. Finally, the decade 1971-1981 is discussed in terms of the schools themselves and second, school community relations. Political issues surrounding the Silverdome, Pontiac General Hospital, development of the city's downtown area, and General Motors' move away from Pontiac are explored. The volume concludes with an assessment of how these issues relate to the education and the schools in the city. (GC)
Descriptors: Blacks, Busing, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Issues, Racial Relations, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Desegregation, Social Networks, Social Problems, Urban Areas, Urban Problems, Whites
See UD 022 663 for availability.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI.
Identifiers: General Motors Corporation; Michigan (Pontiac)
Note: For other documents in this study, see UD 022 663-666.