Chapter

Neighborhood- and Metropolitan-Level Differences in Racial Attitudes

in The Paradoxes of Integration

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226626628
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226626642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226626642.003.0004
Neighborhood- and Metropolitan-Level Differences in Racial Attitudes

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With respect to race and segregation in the United States, there are two incontrovertible facts. First, the country's different racial groups—whites, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latinos—are highly segregated from each other. Second, feelings of racial resentment and competition are not exclusive to any one racial group, each of which tends to harbor stereotypes toward the other that are less favorable than perceptions of their own groups. In other words, regardless of one's own ethnic background, race is a key indicator of self-perception and community in the United States. However, it is not clear how these two facts are related. This chapter, which looks at differences in racial attitudes across neighborhoods and metropolitan areas, shows that racial resentment is consistently higher in metropolitan areas that are more racially diverse, particularly among whites and blacks. Racial resentment is consistently lower in more racially diverse neighborhoods, a pattern that is largely similar for all four racial groups. Together, these findings shed new light on the connection between social environments and racial attitudes.

Keywords: racial attitudes; social environments; United States; whites; African Americans; Latinos; Asian Americans; racial resentment; neighborhoods; metropolitan areas

Chapter.  8950 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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