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ERIC Number: ED049339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 11
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Little Leroy Views His School.
Modiano, Nancy
Although the great heterogeneity of Afro-American culture makes the identification of unique culture traits extremely difficult, two cultural extremes may be discerned; most people fall somewhere between. Mainstream culture is best exemplified in the life style of middle class white America. Many Negroes strive to copy this life style in their behavior as much as their economic situations allow and apparently most blacks verbalize such aspirations regardless of how they live. At the other extreme are the members of the folk culture; their life styles, whether they live in the city or the country, are essentially unchanged from those of the black tenant farmer or sharecropper of 50 years age. While women tend to resemble the mainstream more in their behavior patterns, men tend to preserve the folk culture. The differences between the black and white children's perceptions of school can be explained in part in terms of cultural factors. The trickster mentality and the attitude of contest, as well as language and speech style may have at least as much influence as socioeconomic variables, self concept, and teacher bias. Such traits serve as cultural markers, points of identification by which one can know oneself to be a member of one's own group. [This document has been reproduced from the best available copy.] (Author/JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February 6, 1971