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ERIC Number: ED033771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 311
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Gatekeepers in the Process of Acculturation.
Kurtz, Norman Rudolph
The term gatekeepers in the context of this study is used to describe an individual who acts as a link between Spanish Americans and the urban culture system by introducing Spanish Americans to situations in which they can become socialized to Anglo urban roles. A sample of 73 gatekeepers in the city of Denver, Colorado, was selected on a reputational basis, and each selected gatekeeper was asked about his helping activities in relation to each of 9 social roles: (1) worker; (2) dweller; (3) church member; (4) manager of funds; (5) patient; (6) welfare client; (7) organization member; (8) legal client; and (9) mass consumer. In addition, each gatekeeper was asked to cite other individuals whom he utilized in carrying out gatekeeping activities, thus establishing a cross-reference of other gatekeepers. Cluster analysis was selected as the technique for isolating cliques formed by the cross-citation of the gatekeepers. Fifteen such cliques were identified in this manner. A conclusion of the study is that the informal nature of the identified gatekeeping system would be enhanced by bringing influential gatekeepers together as a panel of leaders to form a central gatekeeping station. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (EV)
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Note: Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Colorado (Denver, 1966).