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ERIC Number: EJ870022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
When Does Race Matter? Race, Sex, and Dating at an Elite University
McClintock, Elizabeth Aura
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n1 p45-72 Feb 2010
This paper unites quantitative and qualitative data from the College Social Life Survey (n = 732) to describe and explain patterns of racial homophily in undergraduate sexual/romantic relationships at an elite university, a closed social setting. It expands the literature on interracial romantic unions by comparing homophily in hookups (uncommitted sexual interactions), dates, and long-term relationships. Although this population embodies many characteristics associated with greater racial mixing (youth, education, status equality, geographical proximity, racial diversity, independence from family), racial homophily is still strongly evident. Variation in levels of homophily among relationship types and among racial groups is explained by differences in desired homophily, social network segregation, and participation in formal race-based student organizations. Black students are particularly socially isolated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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