ERIC Number: ED099877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Conceptual Problems in the Study of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Communication.
Leckenby, John D.
In this paper, the development of interest in ethnicity on the part of scholars is briefly highlighted, and the beginnings of this increased interest are traced to Robert Park when, in 1923, he urged sociologists to concentrate study on urban ethnic groups as a means of understanding community processes. As a means of understanding the contemporary study of ethnicity among scholars, nine popular sociological and communication journals were searched for articles dealing with ethnic and minority matters for the past six years. Data are presented as generated from a study of the role of interpersonal communication in the socialization of the child into the ethnic group of the parent. The importance of dealing with conceptual problems in the study of ethnic and minority groups is examined through the use of the above methods. It is suggested that problems typically encountered in the selection of subjects and the operationalization of ethnic group identification can be avoided through adequate conceptualization of the basic phenomena under study. The study also attempts to illustrate the contemporary social map. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (57th, San Diego, California, August 18-21, 1974)