Volume 66, Issue 1 p. 59-78

Understanding Bias toward Latinos: Discrimination, Dimensions of Difference, and Experience of Exclusion

John F. Dovidio

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John F. Dovidio

Yale University

*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to John F. Dovidio, Department of Psychology, Yale University, P.O. Box 208205, New Haven, CT 06520 [e-mail: [email protected]].Search for more papers by this author
Agata Gluszek

Agata Gluszek

Yale University

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Melissa-Sue John

Melissa-Sue John

University of Connecticut

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Ruth Ditlmann

Ruth Ditlmann

Yale University

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Paul Lagunes

Paul Lagunes

Yale University

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First published: 09 March 2010
Citations: 95

Preparation of this article was supported by NSF grant BCS-0613218 awarded to the first author.

Abstract

White–Black relations have historically been the defining form of intergroup relations in the study of prejudice and discrimination. The present article suggests that there are limitations to applying this model to understanding bias toward other groups and proposes that a comprehensive view of the dynamics of the Anglos’ bias toward Latinos requires consideration of the distinctive elements of this form of intergroup relations. In four empirical studies, we experimentally document discrimination against Latinos (Study 1), explore the potential dimensions that underlie bias against Latinos (Study 2), and examine the effect of a particular social identity cue, accentedness, on perceptions of acceptance and belongingness of Latinos and members of other groups (Studies 3 and 4). These studies consider general processes of prejudice and identify how particular facets of bias against Latinos can shape their experiences and, taken together, illustrate how understanding bias against Latinos can reciprocally inform contemporary theories of prejudice.