When whites flock together: The social psychology of white habitus


Journal Article

Residential and social hypersegregation of whites from blacks furthers a socialization process we refer to as "white habitus." "White habitus" geographically and psychologically limits whites' chances of developing meaningful relationships with blacks and other minorities. Using data from the 1997 Survey of College Students' Social Attitudes and the 1998 Detroit Area Study on White Racial Ideology to make our case, we show that geographically, whites' segregated lifestyles psychologically leads them to develop positive views about themselves and negative views about racial others. First, we document the high levels of whites' residential and social segregation. Next, we examine how whites interpret their own self-segregation. Finally, we examine how whites' segregation shapes racial expressions, attitudes, cognitions, and even a sense of aesthetics as illustrated by whites' views on the subject of interracial marriage. © Brill Academic Publishers 2006.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bonilla-Silva, E; Goar, C; Embrick, DG

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 229 - 253

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1569-1632

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-9205

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/156916306777835268

Citation Source

  • Scopus