Presentation Title

¿Y tú Quién Eres?: Racial Self-Identification Among Latinos in Ventura County

Faculty Mentor

Luis A Sanchez

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 27

Session

Poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

My research examines the racial self-identification of Latinos living in Ventura County. The United States Census Bureau is the largest collector of racial and ethnic data. The first question asks if a person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. The next question forces those who identify as Latino to select a racial identity from a predetermined list of categories. My research specifically explores this second question: when forced to choose, which racial category do Latinos select? With the rapid growing Latino population in the United States this is an important matter to study and understand where Latinos will fit in the racial order and what implications it may have. This study uses individual-level data from 2011-2015 American Community Survey. My sample includes Latinos living in Ventura county. Following previous research, I reclassify the categories of the “race” questions into three groups: white, non-white, and other (Frank et al. 2010). My preliminary findings show that 73.5% of Latino respondents select “white” on the race question compared to 18.8% which select “other”. To further examine these differences in responses I will investigate the role of other factors such as gender, education, time spent in the U.S. and socioeconomic status as it relates to racial identity. Based on previous studies and my preliminary results I predict that Latinos will identify as white more often than any other category. However, I also predict that Latinos will identify as white less frequently as they their income, education, and other indicators of incorporation increase.

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¿Y tú Quién Eres?: Racial Self-Identification Among Latinos in Ventura County

BSC-Ursa Minor 27

My research examines the racial self-identification of Latinos living in Ventura County. The United States Census Bureau is the largest collector of racial and ethnic data. The first question asks if a person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. The next question forces those who identify as Latino to select a racial identity from a predetermined list of categories. My research specifically explores this second question: when forced to choose, which racial category do Latinos select? With the rapid growing Latino population in the United States this is an important matter to study and understand where Latinos will fit in the racial order and what implications it may have. This study uses individual-level data from 2011-2015 American Community Survey. My sample includes Latinos living in Ventura county. Following previous research, I reclassify the categories of the “race” questions into three groups: white, non-white, and other (Frank et al. 2010). My preliminary findings show that 73.5% of Latino respondents select “white” on the race question compared to 18.8% which select “other”. To further examine these differences in responses I will investigate the role of other factors such as gender, education, time spent in the U.S. and socioeconomic status as it relates to racial identity. Based on previous studies and my preliminary results I predict that Latinos will identify as white more often than any other category. However, I also predict that Latinos will identify as white less frequently as they their income, education, and other indicators of incorporation increase.