Kate Strully from the University of Albany: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00PM - 1:30 PM, 4240 Public Affairs Bldg.

Focusing on romantic relationships, which are often seen as a barometer of social distance, this analysis investigates how adolescents from different racial-ethnic and gender groups respond when they attend racially and ethnically diverse schools which offer many opportunities for inter-racial-ethnic dating. Which groups respond to school diversity by primarily forming inter-racial-ethnic relationships, and which groups appear to “work around” a diverse pool of potential dating partners by forming more same-race-ethnicity relationships outside of school boundaries? Most existing studies of school integration and relationship formation focus exclusively on social networks within schools and, therefore, cannot capture a potentially important way that adolescents express preferences for same-race-ethnicity relationships and/or work around constraints generated by other groups’ same-race-ethnicity preferences. Using data from the 1st and 2nd waves of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), I find that black females and, to a lesser extent, white males are most likely “work around” diverse dating pools in their schools by forming more same-race-ethnicity relationships outside of the school. On the other hand, Hispanic males and females in diverse schools are most likely to date across racial-ethnic boundaries within the school. I interpret these results in terms of structural sociological theories and propositions.

If you are interested in meeting with or joining the speaker for lunch or dinner, please send email to CCPR host Dr. Robert Mare at: mare@ucla.edu with CC: to paula@ccpr.ucla.edu.

Further information about Kate Strully can be found on Professor Strully's webpage.

Event Location: 
Public Affairs Bldg.
Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Diversity Science

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