The political behavior of older american blacks

Steven Ames Peterson, Albert Somit

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Abstract

Using a subsample of the National Opinion Research Center’s 1987 General Social Survey, this study examined three competing explanations for the political behavior of older black Americans (n = 157, 55 and older). The socioeconomic model was a good predictor of political behavior; ethnic community theory and the empowerment model were, in varying degrees, predictors of alienation but not of political interest or activity. Some comparisons were made between older black Americans, younger blacks, and older and younger whites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-600
Number of pages9
JournalGerontologist
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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