ERIC Number: ED104624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Status and Power in Rural Jamaica. A Study of Educational and Political Change.
Documenting the demise of the plural society in Jamaica, this study deals with the interrelationship between local and national educational and occupational status aspirations. As the formal educational system, the nonagricultural sectors, and the political parties have developed and examined, the opportunities for educational and occupational mobility among rural blacks have increased. However, the aspirations of all cannot be met, for only 1 out of every 7 children in a given rural community manages via financial support and/or academic achievement to enter the secondary schools. Competition is fierce, therefore, among families who are trying to encourage their children toward upward mobility. Education is seen as the key to mobility because traditionally the educated elite have been both racially and economically superior, a sharp distinction being made between the "colored" middle class and the "black" uneducated lower class. At this juncture, it is conceivable that those people who are unable to extricate themselves from the lower class will ultimately be labeled "poor", a category which increasingly presupposes segregation, the uneducable and the racially inferior segments of society. (JC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Case Studies, Developing Nations, Educational History, Educational Mobility, National Norms, Occupational Aspiration, Organizational Effectiveness, Political Influences, Rural Areas, Social Change, Social Stratification, Socioeconomic Status
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027 ($3.95)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica