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ERIC Number: ED396058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-6
Pages: 25
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The Ties that Bind: Effective American American Communities as Models of Peaceful Coexistence.
Steward, Robbie J.
Peace, though pursued, is often presented in the literature as an elusive and somewhat ethereal state that seldom is attained. However, African American communities in this country have historically developed and maintained effective, collaborative, working alliances that have assisted in individual and group survival under the most adverse circumstances. In spite of the existence of extensive within-group diversity contained in close proximity due to segregation (e.g., physical characteristics, racial/ethnic identity, level of education, value orientations, locus of control, degree of acceptance by the mainstream population, etc.), Blacks in this country have maintained states of interdependence and collaboration in the face of external and internal adversity over time. Through adherence to specific principles, functional African American communities have been able to do that which seems to elude mainstream America in its attempts to "attend to diversity" peacefully. The primary purpose of this paper is to present and discuss some underlying principles guiding the culture of these communities. It is these principles that maintain group cohesiveness in spite of stressors related to inter-group and intra-group dynamics. (Contains 43 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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