ERIC Number: ED096082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-25
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Orientation Among the Choctaw Indians.
Spencer, Barbara G.; And Others
The paper examined occupational projections and orientations of an American Indian group, the Mississippi Choctaws. Two related problems currently facing the tribe are the low educational and skill levels of its population and persistently high unemployment rates. In 1973, permission was granted to study the occupation and residential aspirations and expectations of 133 students in Choctaw Central High School, the only high school for Choctaws in the State. Since the cultural and socioeconomic background of the Indians may cause their occupational status hierarchy to vary from that of the larger society, the study was expanded to include the "general standing" of occupations among the Indians. Data analysis suggested that student aspirations were limited by locally visible and relevant jobs and occupations that other Choctaws have attained. Findings also indicated that, while almost all Choctaw youths aspired to occupations which have high or moderate status within their own subsociety, many of these rank substantially lower by standards of the larger society. This suggested that researchers should take the possibility of variant occupational perceptions into consideration in assessing the occupational aspirations and expectations of minority youths. They further suggest the need for an examination of the prestige assigned to occupations by isolated populations. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station, State College.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi