ERIC Number: ED150240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Communicating With, Not to, the Urban Poor. ERIC/CUE Urban Diversity Series, Number 50.
Spurred by the impetus of the antipoverty programs of the 1960's, social science researchers and human service practitioners have focused upon the need for effective communication with the American urban poor. To this end, both groups have attempted to describe the context within which the urban poor receive and process messages in the hopes of drawing from these descriptions some guidance for communicating. In this paper the literature which describes the communications system of the urban poor is reviewed. The "information poverty" thesis prevalent in this literature is discussed. The manner in which social service agencies operate is examined in the context of the information network described. It is stated that the "information poverty" thesis has been of little help in bettering communication with the urban poor. The assumptions inherent in the thesis are shown to reinforce a "we to them", rather than a "we with them" approach. A number of weaknesses in this approach are pointed out. The most recent work, which appears to be offering a more helpful perspective and more helpful data, is summarized. In this literature, interests and situational perceptions are emphasized. This perspective is seen as providing a more positive and unified approach to communication with the urban poor. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Information Networks, Information Processing, Information Sources, Information Theory, Literature Reviews, Low Income Groups, Lower Class, Poverty, Social Agencies, Urban Areas
Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.