ERIC Number: ED181111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
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Efficacy of the Selection and Mobilization Theories in Explaining Black Political Participation.
Bullard, Robert D.
There is a general agreement that participation in the political arena is not uniformly distributed across population groups. However, existing literature has failed to provide sufficient data on the efficacy of alternative models for predicting and explaining political participation among black citizens. Data reported in this study were obtained in interviews with a representative sample of adults in a predominantly black neighborhood. Interviews were conducted to determine the effect of socioeconomic status, political attitude, and community action involvement on black political participation. Two theoretical perspectives were investigated: selection theory (personal and attitudinal characteristics render individuals more likely to actively participate in political affairs) and mobilization theory (affiliation with voluntary associations or community action groups stimulates the individual to become active politically). The data indicated that both the selection and mobilization perspectives were supported. However, the selection model accounted for a larger amount of the variance in political participation of black residents. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Association of Black Sociologists (8th, San Francisco, CA, September 1-4, 1979)