ERIC Number: ED082904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-5
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Prismatic Families as an Ideal Type: The Case Study of Nonfarm Families in North Carolina.
Mohan, Raj P.; McCann, Glenn C.
The prismatic family type described in this report represents an intermediate situation between rural and urban value systems. The heads of the 3 white and 3 black families studied were in the age group 30-39 in 1961. The structured interview method was used to gather information in 1961 and 1966. In depth interviews were conducted in 1972 to understand the dynamics of changes. Data interpretations were presented to see the changes that have taken place in these families, the adjustment to these changes, and the delineation of the prismatic types and characteristics. It was found that prismatic families show lines of tension between traditional and modern value systems, experience anomic feelings caused by discrepancies between traditional and modern values, perceive minimal class differences, and experience an increase in the intensity of conflict and anomia with the movement from the rural end of the continuum towards the prismatic on the scale of a rural-urban continuum. (PS)
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina