ERIC Number: ED194403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Sex and Race Caucuses in Academic Professional Associations: Some Preliminary Observations.
Record, Wilson; Record, Jane Cassels
Preliminary research into the effect of women's and black's caucuses on professional associations in the social sciences is discussed. Primary focus is on the American Economics Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Sociological Association. The authors note that only in the social sciences has the discipline itself been labeled as pervasively biased against women and blacks. The research (in progress) centers on the degree and manner in which the associations have accommodated or resisted the concerns of the caucuses. Data are being gathered from documents obtained from professional associations and interviews with caucus leaders and major officers of the professional societies. In addition, participant-observation methods are used in official business meetings and committee sessions of annual meetings. Questions which the researchers seek to answer deal with how the caucuses were conceived, what demands they made, what association leaders perceive the caucuses to be seeking, why the caucuses used the tactics they did, to what extent they were effective, and what significant changes have occurred in association and caucus structures and functions. Emphasis is on distinguishing formal from substantive changes within the associations and determining the degree of equality that has been achieved and is attributed to the caucus efforts. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (San Diego, CA, March, 1976).