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Cohort and Prejudice: Whites' Attitudes Toward Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and Asians

Thomas C. Wilson
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Summer, 1996), pp. 253-274
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2749690
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Abstract

Recent cohorts have been shown to be less prejudiced than their elders, at leasttoward blacks. This study addresses two questions: Has this tendency continued among most-recent cohorts of adults? and Does it extend to prejudice toward other ethnic minorities? Using data from a national sample, I focus on stereotype and social distance attitudes pertaining to blacks, Hispanic, Asians,and Jews. In general, results indicate that cohorts born after World War II tendto be less prejudiced than prewar cohorts toward each of the four minorities. But most-recent cohorts of American show no tendency to be less prejudiced than their immediate predecessors born since World War II, and most-recent cohorts residing outside of the South actually tend to be more prejudiced than their elders.

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