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ERIC Number: ED101867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 521
Abstractor: N/A
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Ethnic Competition for Control of Schools in Two South Texas Towns.
Post, Donald Eugene
The study examined the competition for control of schools between Anglos and Mexican Americans in 2 South Texas towns. The study's major objective was to describe the history of, and conceptually account for, the development of this new ethnic power struggle in which the control of schools played a primary role. Both towns, situated in a region known for its year-round vegetable economy, shared such demographic characteristics as population size, ethnic composition, and Anglo dominance of the economy. Among the 146 persons interviewed were past and present school board members, persons who had unsuccessfully competed for school board positions, administrators, teachers, city and county officials, and Raza Unida Party members. Observations of such events as school board meetings, city council meetings, football games and practices, church services, and confrontations between the Better Government League, local Ciudadanos, Crystal City Anglos, and the Crystal City Raza Unida Party were conducted. Some findings were: (1) historically Anglos had dominated the Mexican American socially and culturally by controlling the agricultural economy; (2) both ethnic sectors perceived schools as a basic local energy source to be used as power in controlling the local physical and social environment; and (3) ethnic conflict resulted in a decrease of "latitude" for subordinates' actions within the school domain. (NQ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Texas