The "Token" Minority

Academic Article


  • Attitudes of "token" numbers of black and Oriental youths embedded in a large sample survey of Wyoming junior and senior high school students are compared to those of Anglo youth utilizing an approach developed by Mantel and Haenszel (1959) and Mantel (1963). This "matched-set analysis" offers a method by which categorical responses of rare or small classes of respondents in large samples may be compared to those of larger respondent subgroups while controlling for extraneous variation due to covariates. Our results suggest that black Wyoming youth hold relatively negative attitudes toward school, community, and local criminal justice system. Negative attitudes toward certain aspects of American society may be common among blacks regardless of the size or density of the black community involved.
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    Author List

  • Cockerham WC; Imrey PB; Kronus SJ
  • Start Page

  • 493
  • End Page

  • 513
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 4