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Is a Raceless Identity an Effective Strategy for Academic Success Among Blacks?


  • Angel L. Harris
  • Kris Marsh


Fordham (1988, 1996) notes that because the larger black community has a culture that is oppositional to mainstream U.S. society, blacks who wish to maintain academic success and achieve upward socioeconomic mobility feel pressure to adopt a raceless identity. The purpose of this study is to examine whether a raceless identity leads to better educational outcomes for blacks in high school than does a nonraceless identity. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Angel L. Harris & Kris Marsh, 2010. "Is a Raceless Identity an Effective Strategy for Academic Success Among Blacks?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(s1), pages 1242-1263.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:s1:p:1242-1263

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