ERIC Number: ED363344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
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The Subjects of "Current Biography Yearbook" in 1970 and 1991: Does Cultural Change Show a Difference?
Martinez, Dolores A.
The subjects of "Current Biography Yearbook 1970" and "Current Biography Yearbook 1991" were analyzed to see if the gender, race/ethnic group, geographic setting, and occupation of the subjects had changed over time. ("Current Biography" is a collective biographical source that contains short profiles of currently prominent people.) A particular concern of the study was to see if the increase in the minority population was reflected in greater minority representation in "Current Biography Yearbook 1991." Whether more women were included in 1991 was also of interest. The results of the analysis showed that in 1991, 77% of the subjects were males, 84% were white, and 75% were from the United States. A slight increase (3%) in number were shown by two groups, women and blacks. The occupations most frequently represented were writing, government and politics, music, and acting. The subjects included in "Current Biography Yearbook 1970" had similar characteristics to those in the earlier yearbook. The characteristics of people in this biography were compared with recent studies on adult, young adult, and children's biographies. Findings about the subjects were similar in all categories. (Contains 22 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States