ERIC Number: ED069817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Content Analytic Study of Interracial Conflict-Producing Situations and Roles. Illinois Studies of the Economically Disadvantaged Series, Technical Report Number 9.
Saral, Tulsi B.
This study is an exploratory attempt to discover how blacks perceive their interactions with whites, in this country. For this purpose it was necessary to examine materials written by black authors and aimed at black readers. It was decided to select such magazines appearing between 1965 and 1969 that had a wide circulation among black readership. The study was restricted to 36 short stories which contained some interactions between black and white characters. Each interaction was viewed as involving an initiator (Actor) and an object (Recipient) toward whom the interaction was directed. The Actor and Recipient together constituted a role-pair. The results indicate that blacks perceived whites initiating the interactions more in general than the blacks. However further analysis revealed that the blacks were seen as initiating more interactions when they were in the role-pairs of female-male, employee-employer, person helped-helping profession, citizen-police official, citizen-public official, and female-female; whereas whites initiate more interactions when they are in the role-pairs of male-female, employer-employee, helping profession-person helped, police official-citizen, public official-citizen, teacher-student, and male-male. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Literature, Content Analysis, Cultural Context, Economically Disadvantaged, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Periodicals, Racial Relations, Research Methodology, Role Conflict, Role Perception, Role Theory, Short Stories, Social Environment, Social Relations
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Psychology.