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ERIC Number: EJ845969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
Ties that Blind: Perpetuation of Racial Comfort and Discomfort at a Community College
Price, Douglas B.; Hyle, Adrienne E.; Jordan, Kitty V.
Community College Review, v37 n1 p3-33 2009
Interviews with 17 African American students and 19 White students were employed to examine interracial relations at a predominantly White community college campus. Seen through the lens of Granovetter's strength of ties theory, the interview findings revealed that strong intraracial ties and the absence of weak interracial ties inhibited communication between White and African American students, perpetuating the feelings of racial discomfort that students brought with them to the college campus. These findings illuminate the need for higher education to intentionally deconstruct racial discomfort through an analysis of the social structures that perpetuate the status quo of uncomfortable race relations. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A