Perceptions of racial group competition: Extending Blumer's theory of group position to a multiracial social context

  title={Perceptions of racial group competition: Extending Blumer's theory of group position to a multiracial social context},
  author={Lawrence D Bobo and Vincent L. Hutchings},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
Perceptions of threat occupy a central place in race relations in Blumer's theory of prejudice but few direct efforts to study such perceptions exist. Extending Blumer's reasoning, we hypothesize that such perceptions are driven by a group's feelings of racial alienation within the larger social order The more that members of a particular racial group feel collectively oppressed and unfairly treated by society, the more likely they are to perceive members of other groups as potential threats… Expand

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