Racial attitudes in city, neighborhood, and situational contexts

Monica McDermott

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Multiple social contexts have been shown to affect racial attitudes both positively and negatively when considered at different levels. In this article, context is simultaneously considered at three different levels: the metropolitan area, the census block group, and the interview situation (as measured by race of interviewer/race of respondent matching). Significant effects can be classified into three categories: the effects of the racial composition of the city, the effects of the racial composition of the neighborhood, and the effects of a "differentrace" interviewer. Neighborhood income and race of interviewer effects are direct; by contrast, racial composition effects are typically cross-level interaction effects. This indicates that the modeling of cross-level interactions is essential for future studies of the effects of racial composition on attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-173
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • context
  • prejudice
  • racial attitudes
  • stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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