Friday, May 26, 2006

Mexicans are the most race conscious, after blacks: The General Social Survey asks which social identity is most important to the respondent, then lists the following: current occupation, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, political party, nationality, family or marital status, social class, and region of the country. I was interested in how many Mexicans consider ethnicity to be their most important identity compared with other groups. Fifteen percent of blacks list this as being most important. For whites, it is 2 percent. For Mexican immigrants, it is 12%, and for native-borns of Mexican ancestry, it is 8%. Except for blacks, no ethnic group has numbers that high, whether we are looking at immigrants or those born in this country.

5 comments:

MR. commenter said...

Here's a question for you to look into: Which groups have the highest rates of alcohol abuse? Off hand, Irish and Russians are notorious for abuse and the Italians and Spanish can handle it. Does the GSS hint at ethnic differences in alcohol use or abuse?

Robert Hume said...

Another question of interest since preserving the environment is one of the most important arguments against high levels of immigration.

How do the different ethnic groups compare on the importance of preserving the environment. Especially the US environment?

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