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Racial Attitudes in America

Racial Attitudes in America

Trends and Interpretations, Revised Edition

Howard Schuman, Charlotte Steeh, Lawrence D. Bobo, Maria Krysan

ISBN 9780674745698

Publication date: 02/25/1998

This new edition brings fully up-to-date a book widely praised for its clear and objective presentation of changes in American racial attitudes during the second half of the twentieth century.

The book retains the division of racial attitudes into principles of equality, government implementation of those principles, and social distance, but adds questions concerning affirmative action and beliefs about sources of inequality. A conceptual section now opens the book, evidence on social desirability has been added, and a new chapter deals with cohort effects and with the impact of income, education, and gender. In key instances, randomized experiments are introduced that test hypotheses more rigorously than is ordinarily possible with survey data. Throughout, the authors have reconsidered earlier ideas and introduced new thinking.


  • From a review of the first edition:
    A significant study, easily the best in its field, underpinning its statistical analysis with a strong sense of history.

    —Andrew Hacker, New York Review of Books


  • Howard Schuman is Professor of Sociology and Research Scientist, Emeritus, at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.
  • Charlotte Steeh is Researcher in Survey Methodology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Maria Krysan is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Book Details

  • 274 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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