Class differences in racial attitudes

A divided black America?

Sean Shong Hwang, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, W. David Helms

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Class differences in racial attitudes among blacks were examined using the 1979-1980 National Survey of Black Americans (NSBA). We examined two perspectives - class realignment and ethnic competition - as possible explanations for attitudinal differences between middle-and lower-class blacks. The majority of our findings supported the ethnic competition perspective which predicts a more critical attitude among middle-than lower-class blacks toward the stratification system. However, we found no significant class differences in blacks' attitudinal orientation towards whites. In addition, a clear difference between classes with respect to political action was found. In general, the results provide qualified support for Wilson's class polarization thesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-380
Number of pages14
JournalSociological Perspectives
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Class differences in racial attitudes : A divided black America? / Hwang, Sean Shong; Fitzpatrick, Kevin M.; Helms, W. David.

In: Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 41, No. 2, 01.01.1998, p. 367-380.

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Hwang, Sean Shong ; Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. ; Helms, W. David. / Class differences in racial attitudes : A divided black America?. In: Sociological Perspectives. 1998 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 367-380.
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