ABSTRACT

The Kent Negro has two public personalities— one for the white community and one for the Negro community; they need not coincide. In fact, the incompatibility of the role demands of each may account for the high content of random and disorganized behavior in the Negro community. The significant things that concern and occupy people most in the Kent Negro subculture involve considerations of race, religion, self-expression and release as measured in whisky, sex, and leisure-time activity. Gertrude D. Stevens, after an independent content analysis of field notes collected for this study, concluded that frustration-aggression and religion were two of the basic controlling patterns in the Kent Negro subculture. Profanity and obscenity in the Kent subculture are in part an expression of freedom from the restraints of the larger society; they give a sense of courage and freedom to the Negro who indulges.