ERIC Number: ED108264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
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Race and Social Class Differences in Perceived Reality of Socially Relevant Television Programs for Adults in Atlanta and Chicago.
Leckenby, John D.; Surlin, Stuart H.
The purpose of this study was to determine the amount of social information received by audiences viewing "Sanford and Son" and "All in the Family." It was hypothesized that whites perceive "Sanford and Son" as being more real than blacks do; middle-class viewers rate each program as being more real than lower-class viewers; lower-class viewers perceive the racial viewpoints expressed on the two programs as being more representative of each race than do middle-class audiences; viewers in the Southeast perceive the stereotypes expressed in the two shows as being representative of the respective races; and lower-class viewers approve of the marriage relationship of Archie and Edith more than do middle-class viewers, while middle-class viewers approve of the marriage relationship of Michael and Gloria more than do lower-class viewers. The samples obtained from Atlanta and Chicago were selected on the basis of data from the 1970 United States Census Tract for those cities. The results of this study are presented in narrative and table format. (RB)
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