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Intergenerational Transmission of Race: Permeable Boundaries between 1970 and 2010

  • Carolyn A. Liebler
  • Marie DeRousse-Wu
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    We study the social construction of race boundaries by investigating patterns in the race, ancestry, and Mexican origin responses provided for children of 14 types of interracial marriages using dense restricted-use data from 1970 to 2010. Our broader purpose is to expose social processes that convert a newborn child of mixed heritage into an adult person of a particular race. We include a more diverse set of families, a longer time span, and more accurate estimates than prior research. These expansions bear fruit.Taking ancestry responses into account and studying the longer-term patterns reveals that mixed-heritage responses have been common since 1980. Expanding the types of mixed heritage and including double-minorities shows that there is substantial variation in response patterns across the 14 groups.

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    Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 12-24.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:12-24
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