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Interrogating race: color, racial categories, and class across the Americas

Bailey, Stanley R., Fialho, Fabricio M. ORCID: and Penner, Andrew M. 2016. Interrogating race: color, racial categories, and class across the Americas. American Behavioral Scientist 60 (4) , pp. 538-555. 10.1177/0002764215613400

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We address long-standing debates on the utility of racial categories and color scales for understanding inequality in the United States and Latin America, using novel data that enable comparisons of these measures across both broad regions. In particular, we attend to the degree to which color and racial category inequality operate independently of parental socioeconomic status. We find a variety of patterns of racial category and color inequality, but that in most countries accounting for maternal education changes our coefficients by 5% or less. Overall, we argue that several posited divergences in ethnoracial stratification processes in the United States, compared with Latin America, might be overstated. We conclude that the comparison of the effects of multiple ethnoracial markers, such as color and racial categories, for the analysis of social stratification holds substantial promise for untangling the complexities of “race” across the Americas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0002-7642
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 March 2020
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 06:39

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