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ERIC Number: ED148656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-8
Pages: 29
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Education and Antagonism to Protest.
Hall, Robert L.; Rosenthal, Saul
The paper analyzes the correlation between educational attainment and attitudes toward collective violence and protest. Data were taken from national attitude surveys in 1969 and 1970 and from numerous studies related to public opinion of violence and protest which followed student and civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s. Research has generally concluded that less educated people object more to activism and protest than do highly educated people. The present study investigated six hypotheses related to the major thesis that negative attitudes toward protest are highly correlated with low educational attainment. Measurement instruments were developed to test variables related to these hypotheses, such as occupational level and prestige, family income, political participation, age, place of residence, and social mobility. Findings corroborated earlier research by indicating a general trend toward higher antagonism toward activism at lower levels of educational attainment. However, this trend may simply reflect the fact that the causes of protest during the 1960s were causes supported primarily by educated people. The conclusion is that it is not possible to statistically verify the correlation between educational attainment and attitude toward collective violence and protest without further research. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Chicago, Illinois, September 5-9, 1977)