ERIC Number: ED127089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Navajo Community Studies, 1936-1974. Lake Powell Research Project Bulletin Number 6, March 1975.
Henderson, Eric B.; Levy, Jerrold E.
Extant Navajo community studies conducted since the 1930's were surveyed. Data for selected social, economic, and demographic variables as reported in these studies were compared. Each community study was placed in one of three geographic classifications: western Navajo, eastern Navajo, and off-reservation. Each on-reservation area was subdivided into rural and wage work communities for comparison purposes. Comparisons among variables were made on three axes: rural-urban, east-west, and early-recent. Processes of change from rural traditional life to a modernized wage work economy was elucidated by comparing rural communities with wage work communities studied within the same decade and, whenever possible, within the same region. Since the eastern portion of the Navajo Reservation was thought to have had more intense exposure to national influences, east-west comparisons were made to highlight the directions change was taking in the absence of comparable diachronic data. Throughout the review, comparisons among studies were made difficult by a lack of uniformity in the use of definitions and techniques of data gathering. Also differences among areas were exaggerated by the use of small sample populations even when the research design and method were adequate. Regularities of variation over time, from region to region, and between wage work communities and pastoral communities were described. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Community Study, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Economic Factors, Family (Sociological Unit), Glossaries, Income, Literature Reviews, Nonreservation American Indians, Population Trends, Rural Urban Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Tables (Data)
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90024 ($3.00) payable to the Regents of the University of California
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.