ERIC Number: ED161964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Ethnicity, Race and Human Development; A Report on the State of Our Knowledge.
Issues and knowledge gaps related to race in a pluralistic society were identified and recommendations for further social science research were made by over 200 social science specialists in a 1973 study. Conference presentations, discussions, and interviews are synthesized in this report, focusing on American society, cultural factors in human development, group identity, mass culture and media, as well as social science research. Highlighted are two primary needs related to the establishment of harmonious group relations in American society. One basic need is for a heightened awareness of the concept of human dignity. Cultural factors shape cognition, perception, values and expression, characteristics that are inherent in self-image and personal dignity. A more humanistic and realistic approach in research would give due attention to the role of ethnic culture in human development. The other fundamental need is to maintain a balance between ethnic diversity and societal unity. This could be promoted through increased knowledge and appreciation of ethnic group diversity and simultaneous efforts to secure social, economic and political justice for all groups. It is suggested that enlightened public and private funding could serve as a catalyst to move society toward finding social theories that have a humanistic foundation and are fully integrative. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: American Culture, Civil Rights, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Contact, Ethnicity, Group Unity, Human Development, Mass Media, Race, Research Needs, Social Science Research, Socioeconomic Status, State of the Art Reviews
Institute on Pluralism and Group Identity, American Jewish Committee, 165 East 56th Street, New York, New York 10022 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. on Pluralism and Group Identity.