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The Paradoxes of IntegrationRace, Neighborhood, and Civic Life in Multiethnic America$
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J. Oliver

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226626628

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226626642.001.0001

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Neighborhood- and Metropolitan-Level Differences in Racial Attitudes

Neighborhood- and Metropolitan-Level Differences in Racial Attitudes

(p.67) Chapter Three Neighborhood- and Metropolitan-Level Differences in Racial Attitudes
The Paradoxes of Integration
University of Chicago Press

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

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