Racism, group position, and attitudes about immigration among blacks and whites

Vincent L. Hutchings, Cara Wong

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Previous research has shown that racial or ethnic prejudice is one of the most influential antecedents of opposition to more expansive immigration policies. In this paper, we explore whether a theoretical perspective derived from the group position model might represent an additional and complementary explanation for immigration attitudes. We also compare how well the prejudice and group position models explain immigration attitudes among both White and Black Americans. Most of the previous work in this literature focuses solely on Whites' attitudes, and it remains unclear how well models designed with this group in mind might also apply to African Americans. We rely upon the 2004-2005 National Politics Study to explore the power of these models. In general, we find that measures derived from the group position model account for immigration attitudes even after controlling for various forms of out-group prejudice. The pattern of results also differs considerably across the two racial groups in our study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-442
Number of pages24
JournalDu Bois Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 31 2013


  • Black
  • Group Conflict
  • Immigration
  • Prejudice
  • Racial Attitudes
  • White

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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