ERIC Number: ED245872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Chicano Youth the Sociology of Barrio Social Problems with the Aid of Small Airplane Flights. (An Experiment to Help Reduce Chicano Youth Violence).
Jorquez, Jaime S.
Chicano youth violence (CYV) is a serious problem, progressively more generalized and vicious and increasingly involving girls and children as assailants and also attacks on old people, whites and Mexican nationals. Becoming romanticized and institutionalized into a subculture, CYV is an important factor in the destruction of authentic Chicano culture. CYV is destroying social interaction settings and is interfering with rituals, rites of passage, and ceremonies which promote cultural identity and unity. In an effort to increase understanding of the sources of CYV, 11 youths from rival Chicano gangs in Phoenix, Arizona, were flown over the city to see parts of society normally denied them. The youths, aged 14-17, took half-hour flights in small aircraft whose pilots donated their time and airplanes so the youths could conduct sociological field research into Phoenix. After seeing the difference between affluent Anglo neighborhoods and business districts and poor Chicano areas, the youths were better able to appreciate the psycho-social implications of class stratification and racism on their lives. Also, the flights resulted in new friendship bonds among rival gangs and demand for future flights. However, because of the limited availability of aircraft and pilots, future flights were in doubt. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arizona; Chicanos
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association (25th, Albuquerque, NM, April 27-30, 1984).