School Desegregation Research

New Directions in Situational Analysis

  • Jeffrey Prager
  • Melvin Seeman
  • Douglas Longshore

Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeffrey Prager, Douglas Longshore, Melvin Seeman
      Pages 3-18
  3. School Desegregation in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. New Theoretical Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Mark Granovetter
      Pages 81-110
    3. H. M. Blalock
      Pages 111-141
    4. Walter Mischel
      Pages 143-172
  5. A Reconsideration of Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Morris Rosenberg
      Pages 175-203
    3. Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Hugh Mehan
      Pages 205-228
    4. J. Milton Yinger
      Pages 229-254
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-267

About this book


The desegregation situation is the keynote theme of the following chapters. I Each of them touches on a different dimension of the situation: the historical, the temporal, the spatial. But the reader, perusing the essays with the situation in mind, should remember that the desegregation situation should not be inter­ preted literally. Authorities and adults certainly, school-age children probably, are influenced by their awareness of a sequence of past and future situations. Some may even operate with William James's (1890, p. 608) notion of "the specious present" that "has melted in our grasp, fled ere we could touch it, gone in the instant of becoming," thus reducing the potency of the present situation. Others may be dancing to a slower tempo of change, thus becoming more responsive to the present situation. Whatever the perceived tempo, many must share the view that the future may reverse the direction of the past. Some may see that new future direction as unswerving, unending, or long-lasting; others may see it as short-lived. And it is through attention to the phenomenological description of desegregation that these issues can be explored; a theme that is considered in several of the following chapters.


Max Weber Nation Segregation character education environment interaction personality

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Prager
    • 1
  • Melvin Seeman
    • 1
  • Douglas Longshore
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.U.S. General Accounting OfficeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9261-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2135-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1906
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