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ERIC Number: ED044885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 151
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The Community of the Blind: Applying the Theory of Community Formation.
Kim, Yoon Hough
Eighty-five blind adults in Minneapolis served as subject in a sociological study designed to test a theory of the formation of communities. It was theorized that the blind form a minority sub-community in which stereotypes of blindness by the sighted are a contributing factor in the limitation of a blind person's social life mainly to other blind persons, as is the blind person's reaction to the sighted person. It was also hypothesized that there exists in the blind sub-community an internal polarization with respect to inner-and outer-community orientation, the inner-community (parochialism) being stronger or weaker than the outer-community (cosmopolitanism) orientation depending on the influence of such factors as perception of prejudice of the sighted toward the blind, position in the class and status hierarchies of the blind, and degree of blindness. A questionnaire consisting of scales exploring attitudes and social characteristics was devised, tested, and administered to the sample. Statistical analysis of the resulting data supported in primary or modified form the majority of the hypotheses. (KW)
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 15 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011 ($3.50)
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