PRS Research Seminar

Social Change among American Indians

a Seminar

Arland Thornton

Tuesday, 9/18/2018, 12:00pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 1430 Thompson

This presentation will discuss a research project to document and explain social change among Native Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries--presenting project aims, design, and preliminary results. The project includes a focus on American Indians in general but with a specific focus on those in the Pacific Northwest. The project is studying several aspects of Native American life: education; occupation; marriage; childbearing; language; literacy; and naming patterns. The project is focusing on the experiences of Native Americans with Euro-Americans and the ways that those experiences influenced changes in Indian life across two centuries. The project is assembling a database of Indian life using the censuses of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the decennial censuses, and other relevant records.


Arland Thornton is Professor of Sociology, Population Studies, Survey Research, and Native American Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a social demographer who has served as president of the Population Association of America and previously held a MERIT award from NICHD. He has received four awards for his books as well as distinguished career awards from the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America. Thornton has focused much of his research on marriage and family issues. More recently, he has pioneered the study of developmental idealism, including its conceptualization, measurement, and influence in many places around the world. Thornton is currently conducting research on migration in Nepal and initiating a study of social change among Native Americans.

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