Utilizing a conflict framework, the interrelationship between the black and white communities is analyzed from the time blacks first arrived through the 1980s. Conflict theory looks at society as consisting of many different groups with differing values and goals. These groups are in constant struggle or competition for limited resources. There is a continuous struggle between those with power and those with less power as they seek their goals. As goal attainment becomes more elusive, conflict escalates and power relations are often disrupted as less powerful groups seek more power. Using this framework, the study looks at the impact of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the open confrontation between blacks and the white power structure that took place in Salt City. Black migration; affirmative action; school integration; urban renewal; deindustrialization; political mobilization, including voter registration; community development; and suburbanization are looked at as affecting the growth and development of the Pepper Community. A look at the future of minority communities is also included.
S. David Stamps is a professor of sociology at the University of South Florida, where he served as associate
dean and dean of arts and sciences, as well as provost and vice president of academic affairs. He was also chair of Afro-American studies at Syracuse University.
Miriam Burney Stamps is an associate professor and the chair of marketing at the University of South Florida's College of Business.
6 x 9, 348 pages, 8 black and white illustrations