ERIC Number: ED248314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Deficiency Theories of Racial Inequality.
Conyers, James E.
Deficiency theories of racial inequality are basically inadequate in explaining observed racial differences between groups. Nonetheless, throughout the history of our country, both political leaders and prominent educators have propounded the notion that the inferior social status of blacks is due to some inherent deficiency in their make-up. Seldom are deficiency theories cognizant of the possibility that the "deficiencies" in question might be results, rather than causes, of the inequalities the theories seek to explain. Such theories encourage us to look away from the dominant group, the class structure, and the larger social system for the explanation of racial inequality. It is only through effecting basic changes in the larger society that equality among all racial groups can be achieved. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists (Nashville, TN, March 22, 1984).