ERIC Number: ED107393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Prestige Among the Choctaw Indians.
Spencer, Barbara G.; Windham, Gerald O.
Since some critics have proposed that correlations between crosscultural comparisons of high prestige occupations and standard occupational indexes might prove lower if larger numbers of occupation titles were compared and if nonurban populations were studied, the occupational prestige evaluations of a rurally isolated group of American Indians were studied. A panel of seven judges, all of whom were Mississippi Choctaw Indians and Bureau of Indian Affairs or Tribal administrators, were asked to rank 94 occupation titles (derived from a sample of Choctaw high school students who had previously indicated that these titles reflected their: occupational aspirations or expectations, parent's aspirations for them, and role model's or family breadwinner's occupations). Working independently, each panel member ranked the positions from low to high using the criteria of education, responsibility, attractiveness, reward, security, and general prestige. When compared via an analysis variance test with the prestige scores of matching occupation titles in the Duncan Socioeconomic Index, the index revealed significant differences. The product moment correlation (.78) was lower than would be expected between a subsociety and its dominant society. Considerations of occupation relevance and accessibility and the Choctaw cultural isolation seem to have influenced the variations found. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station, State College.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi