ERIC Number: ED247157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of Assimilation, Pluralism, and Marginality: Black Families in Predominantly White Suburbs.
Banks, James A.
The major purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the extent to which black families living in predominantly white suburban communities were bicultural in their beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Subjects included 111 individuals from 64 black families living in 9 white suburban communities of a large metropolitan region in the Pacific Northwest. Families completed questionnaires and scales were developed to measure assimilation, pluralism, and marginality. Items in one group of variables--school attitudes, neighborhood attitudes, structural assimilation, and school participation--were conceptualized as assimilationist attitudes and behaviors. Items in another group--pluralist beliefs, uneasiness with whites, anxiety, pluralist behavior total, and the presence of other black and white individuals in an individual's life--were conceptualized as indicators of pluralist attitudes and behaviors. While this study indicated that most of the subjects valued their interactions with both blacks and whites and tried to live bicultural lives, results also show that the more positive subjects felt about blacks and the more active they were in the black community, the more negative they felt toward predominantly white institutions. Conversely, the more positive subjects felt toward predominantly white communities and the more active they were in them, the less pluralist they were in both attitudes and beliefs. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).