Advisor

Melissa Thompson

Date of Award

Winter 3-21-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 95 pages)

Subjects

McWhorter, John H. -- Criticism and interpretation, Academic achievement -- African Americans, Self-perception -- African Americans, African Americans -- Psychology

DOI

10.15760/etd.1634

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test John McWhorter's theory on African American academic underachievement. The theory claims that since the 1960's African American identities have been significantly influenced by beliefs of victimization and anti-intellectualism along with values of separatism. In order to test for the existence of these dimensions in African American's thinking and for their relationship to academic achievement, data from the Maryland Adolescence Development In Context Study (MADICS) were used. Findings indicated that victimization, separatism and anti-intellectualism have a causal relationship and that sentiments of victimization are found to be significantly higher among African Americans. A Bourdieuian theoretical framework is used in the framing and interpretation of the results.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11037

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