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ERIC Number: ED138688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Ethnicity as a Factor in Urban Social Change in a Southern City.
Hill, Carole E.
A research study funded by Georgia State Univensity described the ideological and social changes in Atlanta which were a result of the growth of diverse ethnic groups in the city. Particular emphasis was given to unskilled and unemployed Latin Americans (70% Cuban) who immigrated because of political or economic upheavals in their native countries. A brief survey of the growth of ethnicity, adaptive processes, and emerging social changes among Latin Americans, Jews, Greeks, Asians, and Western Europeans was reviewed. The methods of data collection included participant-observation and in-depth interviews. An interview schedule was constructed to ascertain information on intergroup and intragroup relationships, and unobtrusive techniques. Immigrants and migrants lived among and socialized with native Atlantans of similar color. Settlement patterns within the city reflected this racial factor. The ethnic groups appeared to adapt readily to their residential settlement and to the racial separation in the city. Kinship and friendship networks were the two most important elements which functioned to maintain ethnic identity and boundaries. All groups had at least one ethnic organization which was based on social class and the larger groups had several organizations. The informal and formal organizations based on ethnicity determined power relations, and social stratification in Atlanta. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia (Atlanta)