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ERIC Number: ED129696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Neighborhood and American Society. (Controversial Issues Kit" No. 1.
Risinger, C. Frederick
This kit provides a summary of a scholarly paper, discussion questions, and activities to promote constructive debate between scholars and ethnic and minority groups about the changing role of the neighborhood in American society. The materials focus on the Chicago area, but the issues and problems apply to any urban area. The paper traces the development of the neighborhood in terms of cultural and social interaction among its resident ethnic groups. Conflict of ethnic heritage with the pervading Protestant ethic resulted in confused identity for many people, and the Progressive Movement of the early 20th century encouraged the assimilation of ethnic identity into an American norm. Current urban renewal projects and movement of some classes to the suburbs are creating more changes in the dynamics of city neighborhoods. Questions to consider include the ability of racial groups to cooperate with ethnic groups, responsiveness of ethnic neighborhoods to bureaucratic politics instead of ward politics, values of ethnic pluralism as opposed to assimilation of ethnicity, and the role of service organizations in neighborhood development. Related activities involve small groups in (1) comparing elementary texts of the 1950s ("Dick and Jane") with contemporary books that have a multiethnic, blurred sex-role approach or (2) identifying social issues in which ethnic groups have vested interests and role-playing the concerns of those groups. (AV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cultural Pluralism, Discussion, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Group Activities, Human Geography, Metropolitan Areas, Minority Groups, Neighborhoods, Social Change, Social Environment, Social Problems, Sociocultural Patterns, Urbanization
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. on Pluralism and Group Identity.
Note: For related documents, see SO 009 475-478