Differentiating Contemporary Racial Prejudice from Old-Fashioned Racial Prejudice

Tony N. Brown, Mark K. Akiyama, Ismail K. White, Toby Epstein Jayaratne, Elizabeth S. Anderson

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The present study addresses the distinction between contemporary and old-fashioned prejudice using survey data from a national sample (n = 600) of self-identified whites living in the United States and interviewed by telephone in 2001. First, we examine associations among indicators of contemporary and old-fashioned prejudice. Consistent with the literature, contemporary and old-fashioned prejudice indicators represent two distinct but correlated common factors. Second, we examine whether belief in genetic race differences uniformly predicts both types of prejudice. As might be expected, belief in genetic race differences predicts old-fashioned prejudice but contrary to recent theorizing, it also predicts contemporary prejudice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalRace and Social Problems
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Belief in genetic race differences
  • Contemporary racial prejudice
  • Genetic explanations
  • Old-fashioned racial prejudice


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