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ERIC Number: ED113224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 36
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Racial Consciousness, Activism and Socialization: Black Youth. Professional Paper No. 4.
Pitts, James P.
The primary objective of this research is to explore whether black student activism can be presumed to indicate a relative lack of socialization among activists. Contrary to the popular belief which argues that widespread challenges to established authority and dominant groups should be seen as an index of social disorganization among the disadvantaged, the theory presented argues that sustained periods of collective activity such as demonstrations are indicators of intense socialization and organization building. The research was conducted in a large all-black public Chicago high school. The strategy was to select an array of school organizations and attempt to interview each available member. Two race-focused organizations, the Afro-American History Club (AAH) and a group termed the Militant organization, were the primary focus of the study. Through interviews, the author sought to specify how the social environment and activities of students in the two groups differ from that of other students. It was found that significant similarities exist between students in the AAH and Militant samples in their exposure to race-conscious interactions and writings; in this respect, they both differ markedly from nonrace students. In conclusion, it may be presumed that black student activism indicates positive political socialization among members of race-conscious groups. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Afro-American Studies Center.