Fair Park Expansion: A Case Study of Political Bias and Protest in Urban Politics Page: III
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This thesis is a description of a case study of a
group of black citizens who organized to protest acqui-
sition and condemnation of their homes by the city of
Dallas. A participant-observer approach is utilized, and,
because of the strengths and weaknesses of this particular
approach to the study of social and political phenomena,
it is necessary that the reader be aware of the researcher's
involvement in the case study.
The involvement stems from the efforts of the Greater
Dallas Council of Churches to bring whites and blacks
together to solve community, specifically, minority neighbor-
hood concerns. Concomitant with involvement is the human
propensity to develop values in the form of convictions,
emotions, and prejudices. These biases are present in
this study, and the reader is forewarned. Although an
attempt was made to control and limit these values as
bias, it was not possible to eliminate them entirely.
Bias is, thus, used in two senses. In the first
instance, it denotes normative values. In the second
instance, it denotes a political concept, i.e., that the
political rules of the game are not neutral. A political
bias is a pattern that operates systematically and
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Davies, Elizabeth Durham. Fair Park Expansion: A Case Study of Political Bias and Protest in Urban Politics, thesis, August 1974; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663026/m1/3/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .