Interactional Considerations In Studying American “Indians” The Case Of Adolescent Self‐Esteem

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  • This paper argues that symbolic interactionists must recognize the necessity to not overgeneralize their data and to accurately reflect the natural environment of “Indianness” when investigating the empirical reality of the American “Indian's” social world. Data pertaining to the self‐esteem of Arapahoe and Shoshone adolescents living on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation are discussed as a case in point. Arapahoe and Shoshone youth attending integrated high schools, as a racial and numerical minority, were found to have relatively high levels of self‐esteem. The implications of this finding are reviewed. 1979 Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
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  • Cockerham WC
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  • 43
  • End Page

  • 58
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  • 2
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  • 1