ERIC Number: ED479809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-11
Rapid Rural Appraisal: A Study of Gullah Culture.
Jarrett, Charles W.; Lucas, David M.
Principles of rural sociology and interpersonal communication provide the foundation for a study of "Gullah" culture. The Gullahs are a group of African Americans living along the southwestern U.S. coastal territory. Gullah culture began to evolve with the enslavement of African people in the Sea Islands off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida. Unlike enslaved Africans on the mainland, the more isolated Gullahs were able to transform their language and cultural traditions into a unique African American heritage. With the construction of bridges from mainland areas to the islands, scholars developed a perceived fear that Gullah language and culture might begin to disappear, with younger generations of Gullahs losing their cultural identity. Rapid Rural Appraisal, an effective method of assessing the needs of rural populations, was applied to examine the current priorities of Gullah people with respect to preservation of their language and culture. This provided researchers with a systematic structure for interviewing Gullah people and recording structured observations in the field. Qualitative data were collected during a 35-day field experience in the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Results show the resilience of the Gullah people and culture, based on a deep, abiding faith in God, (Contains 55 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: An Imperfect World: Resonance from the Nation's Violence. 2002 Monograph Series, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of African American Studies, the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, the National Association of Native American Studies, and the International Association of Asian Studies (Houston, TX, February 11-16, 2002).