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New Trends in Black American Interracial Marriage: The Social Structural Context

M. Belinda Tucker and Claudia Mitchell-Kernan
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 52, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 209-218
DOI: 10.2307/352851
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352851
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New Trends in Black American Interracial Marriage: The Social Structural Context
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Abstract

Current rates of intermarriage differ dramatically on the basis of both region (i.e., rates are substantially higher in the West) and gender (substantially higher among men). This study addresses the underlying demographic correlates of interracial marriage as distinct among black women and men in a western location. Logistic regression analyses indicated that the structural correlates were nearly identical for men and women: the interracially married tended to be younger, more likely to have been married before, and more distant in age from their spouses (i.e., both younger and older). Furthermore, persons born in the North (both northeast and north central regions) and in foreign countries were more likely to be married to nonblacks, which seemingly indicates that moves away from communities of origin to environments that are relatively tolerant regarding race facilitate interracial marriage. Findings are interpreted as indicative of the strength of social control in mate selection.

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