A Critique of Exchange Theory in Mate Selection1

@article{Rosenfeld2005ACO,
  title={A Critique of Exchange Theory in Mate Selection1},
  author={Michael J Rosenfeld},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={2005},
  volume={110},
  pages={1284 - 1325}
}
Status‐caste exchange theory predicts that in interracial marriages one partner’s socioeconomic status is exchanged for the other’s racial caste status. The author examines the contradictory literature on the theory specifically in relation to black‐white intermarriage and offers three explanations for the divergent findings. First, black‐white inequality has obscured the actual status homogamy typifying intermarriage. Second, gender differences among young couples have been mistaken for… Expand
Comment: An Endorsement of Exchange Theory in Mate Selection1
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