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A Schema-Based Approach to Modeling an African-American Racial Belief System

  • Richard L. Allen (a1), Michael C. Dawson (a1) and Ronald E. Brown (a2)


We use a cognitive schema-based approach to model an African-American racial belief system, showing the content of racial belief systems in a national sample to be associated with the individual's degree of sodoeconomic status, religiosity, and exposure to black media. We find that African-Americans with a higher sodoeconomic status are less supportive of black political autonomy and that they feel themselves more distant from black masses and black elites than do those of lower socioeconomic status. Religiosity, while unrelated to black autonomy, strengthens closeness to black masses and black elites. Black television—and, to a much lesser degree, black print media—had a consistent impact on the racial belief system. We conclude by discussing the complexity of the African-American racial belief system and potential directions for future work.



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A Schema-Based Approach to Modeling an African-American Racial Belief System

  • Richard L. Allen (a1), Michael C. Dawson (a1) and Ronald E. Brown (a2)


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