Jazz: Resistance to the Diffusion of a Culture-Pattern

  title={Jazz: Resistance to the Diffusion of a Culture-Pattern},
  author={Morroe Berger},
  journal={The Journal of Negro History},
  pages={461 - 494}
  • Morroe Berger
  • Published 1 October 1947
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Negro History
The purpose of this paper is to examine the implications, for the diffusion of jazz, of the fact that the Negroes, with whom jazz is correctly associated, are a low-status group in the United States. The evidence to be presented will confirm the hypothesis that in the diffusion process the prestige of the donors has considerable bearing on the way in which a borrowing group reacts to cultural traits of other groups. Thus mere exposure to certain influences does not insure acceptance of them… 
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