Carnap, Kuhn, and the Philosophy of Scientific Methodology by Earman

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Despite the rigidity of the system in the South, there are certain contradictions that do not fit the common pattern. There is less segregation of dwelling areas in Natchez, Mississippi, for example, than there is in Chicago. In Chicago, the Black Belt is a definite part of the city and is rigidly defined. As a matter of fact, despite the improvement and greater flexibility of race relations now as compared with previous periods in Chicago, there is more segregation in dwelling areas than formerly probably because of the great influx of rural Negroes that has been occurring since the First World War.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the study of social change is the fact that so much attention has been given to it and so little to social persistence. We largely take for granted that social groups persist. We rarely stop to ask why persistence occurs and try to determine its nature. The interdependence of personality formation and the persistence of a social system is now clearly demonstrable. They are but two aspects of the same ongoing process of socialization. The study of the effect of social class on personality at the same time can be an investigation of how social class persists in a free society.

Most of these people have been appointed. In such cities as New York, Negroes have been elected to high and low positions, but none has ever been elected to the very top political places. Furthermore, most of those who are elected come from Negro election districts. There seems to be a tendency at the present time for this system of discrimination to break down. Negroes are now run­ ning in the districts that are composed of Negroes and whites and receiving a substantial voting strength from white voters.

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