ERIC Number: ED120305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Community and Industry Determinants of the Occupational Status of Black Males.
Spilerman, Seymour; Miller, Richard E.
This paper examines a body of literature on the subject of black occupational standing in communities with different characteristics, and argues on behalf of the importance of including contextual variables -- attributes of the community and industry in which an individual is embedded -- in models of the status attainment process. In the first section, a model of how various community characteristics influence the occupational standing of black males is constructed. The second section varies the definition of upper status positions in order to study the sensitivity of the conclusions to the particular index break point employed. In the third section, the model is recast in a new frame work (that of "elasticity") so that the importance of various community characteristics can be assessed from the perspective of the amount of change in the levels of the racial status terms which they are capable of producing. In the final section, the implications of these analyses are reviewed as they pertain to the traditional formulation of the status attainment process. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.