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Arguing that black is white: racial categorization of mixed-race faces

Lewis, Michael Bevan 2016. Arguing that black is white: racial categorization of mixed-race faces. Perception 45 (5) , pp. 505-514. 10.1177/0301006615624321

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that racially ambiguous faces (blended from Black and White parent faces) are categorized as being Black more often than White. This has been taken as support for social concept of hypodescent: mixed-race people are categorized with the same race as the socially subordinate parent. The current research explores racial categorization further by using two sets of participants: those with greater experience of White faces and those with greater experience of Black faces. It was found that mixed-race faces were categorized as being Black more often than White by the former but White more often than Black by the latter group. Racial categorization of a mixed-race face, therefore, depends upon who is doing the categorizing. A face that may be argued as appearing racially Black to one person would be argued as appearing racially White to another depending on their experience.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Additional Information: PDF uploaded in accordance with Publisher's polices http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0301-0066/ (accessed 10/3/16).
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0301-0066
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 26 November 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 22:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/82546

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