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ERIC Number: EJ819981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
Service-Learning, Contact Theory, and Building Black Communities
Murphy, John W.; Rasch, Dana
Negro Educational Review, v59 n1-2 p63-78 Spr-Sum 2008
Modern society appears to reflect a diminishing degree of social cohesion. That segment of society in the United States described as the Black Community mirrors this pattern. The lack of cohesion has been attributed to the emphasis placed on the encouragement to embrace individualism as a way of life. The focus on individualism de-emphasizes forms of social responsibility. An often-recommended remedy for this lack of social responsibility is service-learning, which aims to integrate community service for college students into the academic curriculum. For many years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have engaged in forms of service-learning. However, the academic literature describing a philosophical basis for service-learning in an intraracial context has been limited. To that end, we suggest consideration of the contact theory as a foundation for intraracial service-learning. Although this theory was developed for interracial interaction, we argue that the optimal conditions for contact can be applied to an intraracial context and that this approach can facilitate the creation of social solidarity and self-sustaining communities. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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