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The Effect of Minority Group Status on Fertility: A Re-examination of Concepts

P. Neal Ritchey
Population Studies
Vol. 29, No. 2 (Jul., 1975), pp. 249-257
DOI: 10.2307/2173510
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2173510
Page Count: 9
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The Effect of Minority Group Status on Fertility: A Re-examination of Concepts
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Abstract

Does the minority group status of blacks exert an influence on their fertility? This paper expands the theory of minority group status by distinguishing the types of effects it simultaneously exerts on black fertility. In addition, this study suggests a conceptual and empirical innovation by considering variations in structural milieu, as well as the characteristics of individuals (status indicators) in their effects on fertility. Data from the 1970 Census Public Use Sample are used in this analysis. The analysis supports the conceptualization of different types of minority group status effects and underscores their relevance for understanding the current fertility differential between blacks and whites. But when the black population has become assimilated, it is suggested that the two groups may be expected to exhibit similar fertility.

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