Social Boundaries and Marital Assimilation: Interpreting Trends in Racial and Ethnic Intermarriage

  title={Social Boundaries and Marital Assimilation: Interpreting Trends in Racial and Ethnic Intermarriage},
  author={Zhenchao Qian and Daniel T. Lichter},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={68 - 94}
Interracial/interethnic marriage in America is a barometer of racial/ethnic relations and intergroup social distance. Using data from the 5-percent Public Use Microdata Sample of the 1990 and 2000 censuses, we interpret trends in intermarriage in light of new assimilation theory, recent changes in racial classification, and rapid demographic changes in American society. Our results indicate that changes in marital assimilation have taken on momentum of their own; that is, America's growing… 

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