Date of Award

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Andrew Lindner

Keywords

Altruism, emotions, gender, racism, socialization

Abstract

Does gender influence racial attitudes? I propose that the differences in men and women’s emotional processing as a result of gendered socialization have an effect on their attitudes towards improving the lives of Blacks. I performed a secondary analysis on 2016 survey responses from a subset of 533 White, American, English or Spanish-speaking, non-institutionalized adults who responded to the General Social Survey. Respondents were asked about their attitudes towards spending to improve the conditions of Blacks. I found no statistically significant relationship between self-identified sex and a respondent’s attitude towards spending to improve the conditions of Blacks. These findings do not support my hypothesis and are inconsistent with prior research done on this topic. I did, however, find a statistically significant relationship between respondents’ political views and their attitude towards spending to improve the conditions of Blacks. This indicates that we need a more nuanced understanding of the emotional effects of gendered socialization, as well as a more nuanced understanding of what intellectual processes are affected by gendered socialization and how.

DOI

10.31235/osf.io/4ap7h

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