Historical Background: Tuba City and Shiprock

Eric Henderson

in Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195136159
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863921 | DOI:
Historical Background: Tuba City and Shiprock

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This chapter describes the areas on the eastern and western ends of the Navajo Reservation where the study was carried out. Although most Navajos still live in dispersed rural reservation communities, the total number of people living in agency and border towns is now almost equal to the number of rural residents. Each type of community has a distinctive demographic and socioeconomic profile, and, in consequence, the life experiences of individuals differ depending on the type of community within which they are reared. Navajo households articulate with the wider political economy in slightly different fashions depending on such attributes as place of residence and nature of involvement in the work force. The chapter illustrates this process by focusing on the emergence of a “youth culture” or “subculture” among Navajo males, since the major concerns in this study is the importance of conduct disorder as a risk factor for subsequent alcohol dependence.

Keywords: Navajo Reservation; Navajo youth; youth culture; conduct disorder; rural reservation communities

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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