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Sociology and Corrections


This study examines the relationship between Latinxs and African Americans in two mid-size colleges located in the southwestern region of the United States. An empirical study was conducted including students, faculty, and administrators using a survey as the main methodological technique. Guided by the group position model advocated by Herber Blumer, this study found evidence for the prevalence of intra-group associations and group competition for access to resources. In this regard, the study documents the existing perception that African Americans have better access to resources in the two college campuses which supports the zero-sum hypothesis favoring members of this group. Furthermore, the study documents high levels of social distance between the two groups which highlights the historical relationships between African Americans and Latinxs lending credence to the racial formation theory. Social distance seems pronounced when issues of interracial marriage are addressed.

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