Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

'Bootstraps' or 'Helping Hand:' An Exploration of the Relationship between Economic Stratification among Black Americans and Their Racial Attitudes toward Merit-Based Opportunities and Affirmative Action
by Lee, Sherman Ernest, Jr., Ph.D., City University of New York, 2013, 139; 3553131
Abstract (Summary)

Over the last thirty years, much has been written about the increasing disparity between Black Americans who have achieved upward mobility and those at the lower end of the economic spectrum. This dissertation utilizes the General Social Survey (GSS) to contribute to this dialogue on stratification within the Black American community. More specifically, it asks the questions: from 1994-2006—during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations—how did socioeconomic status affect Blacks' racial attitudes about themselves? To answer this question, the racial attitudes of a sample of Black Americans of low socioeconomic status will be compared to the racial attitudes of their higher socioeconomic status counterparts across several demographic, attitudinal, and economic variables. The theoretic framework for this investigation includes stratification theory (Weber), group interest theory (Dawson, Shelton & Wilson), and the theory of opportunities and group consciousness (Chong & Kim).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rollins, Joe
Commitee: Battle, Juan, Gornick, Janet
School: City University of New York
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Political science
Keywords: Affirmative action, Black Americans, Economic stratification, Merit-based opportunities, Racial attitudes, Socioeconomic status
Publication Number: 3553131
ISBN: 978-1-267-92388-2
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