Beyond Homophily: The Boundary-Specific Effects of Interracial Contact

Citation

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee (2024). Beyond Homophily: The Boundary-Specific Effects of Interracial Contact. Race and Social Problems. vol. 16 (2) pp. 211-229

Abstract

Decades of research have confirmed and delimited the effects of interracial contact on racial attitudes. A shortcoming of this literature is its framing of interracial contact as a counterweight to homophily. Accordingly, researchers often measure interracial contact at the same-race/different-race boundary, such as in friendships and dating relationships. Rather than asking whether any interracial friendship leads to any interracial dating, I ask how much crossing a specific boundary actually leads to crossing other boundaries. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), I investigate the consequences of early interracial friendship for later interracial dating across six racial boundaries. The results show that interracial contact with a specific group increases the likelihood of interracial contact primarily with that same group and rarely with other groups. I conclude with implications for future research as well as social policy that relies on interracial contact.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-024-09411-3

Keyword(s)

interracial contact, friendship

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Race and Social Problems

Author(s)

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee

Year Published

2024

Volume Number

16

Issue Number

2

Pages

211-229

ISSN/ISBN

1867-1756

DOI

10.1007/s12552-024-09411-3

Reference ID

10409