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Convergence and divergence in leisure style among Whites and African Americans: toward an interracial contact hypothesisAuthor(s): Floyd F. Myron; Kimberly J. Shinew
Source: Journal of Leisure Research. 31(4): 359-384. (1999)
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionDrawing upon structural theory and social group perspectives, this study examined two propositions developed to explain the relationship between interracial contact and leisure preferences among African Americans and Whites. The first proposition stated that as interracial contact increases, the greater the probability of observing similarity in the leisure preferences of African Americans and Whites. The second stated that the probability of observing similarity in the leisure preferences will be greater among Whites with high or low interracial contact than observing similarity among African Americans with high or low interracial contact. Data to evaluate the propositions came from an on-site survey of Chicago (IL) park users. As hypothesized, Black and White respondents with high interracial contact reported very similar leisure preferences. Also, among African Americans, there was little similarity in the leisure preferences between individuals with high interracial contact and those with low interracial contact. Further, as expected, there was high similarity among Whites with high or low interracial contact. In general, the results of the study highlight the importance of considering social interaction, and interracial contact specilically, in explaining racial differences in leisure participation. The study also demonstrates the importance of examining internal differentiation of African Americans and its implications for leisure lifestyle choices.
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CitationMyron, Floyd F.; Shinew, Kimberly J. 1999. Convergence and divergence in leisure style among Whites and African Americans: toward an interracial contact hypothesis. Journal of Leisure Research. 31(4): 359-384. (1999)
KeywordsRace, ethnicity, personal community, interracial contact, lifestyle, social groups
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