Gendered racial boundary maintenance : social penalties for White women in interracial relationships

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Throughout American history, formal laws and social norms have discouraged interracial romantic relationships. Interracial relationships blur the boundaries between racial groups, challenging the essentialized racial categories that define Whiteness as an exclusive, high-status identity. Despite the importance of racial homogamy to White identity and status, we argue that gender roles make violating norms against intimate intergroup contact more costly for women than men, leading to Whites' greater resistance to interracial relationships involving White women. In a representative American sample using a natural quasi-experiment, as well as three follow-up lab experiments, we find that White women face differential social penalties for intimate intergroup contact-- being perceived as gender deviant and low status within the group. This research demonstrates the existence of a gendered double standard for intimate intergroup contact among Whites, revealing that gender norms play a critical role in the maintenance of American racial boundaries


Type of resource text
Form electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
Extent 1 online resource
Place California
Place [Stanford, California]
Publisher [Stanford University]
Copyright date 2020; ©2020
Publication date 2020; 2020
Issuance monographic
Language English


Author Stillwell, Amelia May
Degree supervisor Lowery, Brian S, 1974-
Thesis advisor Lowery, Brian S, 1974-
Thesis advisor Gruenfeld, Deborah H
Thesis advisor Martin, Ashley
Degree committee member Gruenfeld, Deborah H
Degree committee member Martin, Ashley
Associated with Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.


Genre Theses
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Statement of responsibility Amelia M. Stillwell
Note Submitted to the Graduate School of Business
Thesis Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2020
Location electronic resource

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© 2020 by Amelia May Stillwell
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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