TitleUnderstanding the role of parochial control in a disadvantaged Brooklyn community
NameBarrow, Christine Sharon (author), Veysey, Bonita (chair), Sullivan, Mercer (internal member), Finckenauer, James (internal member), Jones-Brown, Delores (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - Newark,
Church and social problems--New York (State)--Brooklyn (New York),
Community development--New York (State)--Brooklyn (New York),
Urban youth-New York (State)--Brooklyn (New York)--Interviews,
Brownsville (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs
DescriptionBrownsville, Brooklyn continues to experience higher rates of single parent headed households, youth poverty, low educational attainment and high unemployment. The aim of this research is to explore the role and influence of parochial control on youth involved in a community organization in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Brownsville. According to Hunter (1985) parochial control is based on the interpersonal networks that serve the community including churches, schools, YMCAs, and athletic leagues and local institutions. This study extends parochial control research by investigating how it operates in a disadvantaged community. More specifically, how it influences youth to conform and how it operates in comparison to private and public forms of social control. In depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with young men and women at a community organization in Brownsville, Brooklyn. For these individuals, parochial control was experienced through various activities at this institution. The staff members worked with other parochial institutions and political organizations to recruit young men and women who were at risk for anti-social behavior. The study concluded that attachments to this community organization made it possible for respondents to overcome the difficulties they experienced living in a disadvantaged community. Results also showed that compared to private and public controls, more respondents reported that parochial control encouraged them to conform. This dissertation concludes with directions for future research.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Christine Sharon Barrow
CollectionGraduate School - Newark Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.