Ethnic Groups in Flux: The Changing Ethnic Responses of American Whites

  title={Ethnic Groups in Flux: The Changing Ethnic Responses of American Whites},
  author={Stanley Lieberson and Mary C. Waters},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={79 - 91}
  • S. Lieberson, M. Waters
  • Published 1 September 1986
  • Sociology
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
As whites become increasingly distant in generations and time from their immigrant ancestors, the tendency to distort, or remember selectively, one's ethnic origins increases. Distortions and inconsistencies in ethnic reporting are shown to vary with age, educational attainment, and marital status and even to exist within families when parents report the ethnic ancestry of their children. These examples of inconsistency, simplification, and systematic distortion all demonstrate the flux of the… 
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