ERIC Number: ED138106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Some Aspects of Social Interaction in a Black Urban Community. Working Papers of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 13.
Some bases of intra-group identification among Black people who inhabit urban ghettoes are discussed, as well as the economy of the ghetto, especially as it pertains to the strategies that Black Americans have evolved to deal with their subsistence problems. An attempt is made to relate these strategies to the presence of in-group schisms and to show how they serve to perpetuate intra-group divisiveness. It is suggested that participation in a common cultural heritage, particularly in the area of speech behavior, serves to reaffirm and dramatize solidarity in the face of divisive forces. Some features and usage conventions of Black English are briefly considered. The study is based on field research conducted in West Oakland, California, during 1966-67. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of International Studies.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.