Is race reflected by your outfit?
- October 21, 2011
- A study by Andrew Penner, sociology assistant professor, is featured in the New York Times October 14, 2011
From the New York Times:
According to a new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tufts, Stanford and the University of California, Irvine, people judge other people's race using cues that extend well beyond skin color and facial features. "Looking white" or "looking black" is freighted with cultural perceptions and social prejudice. The study involved experiments in which participants were asked to determine the race of different faces, which were scaled in 13 skin tones along a spectrum from black to white. In some cases, the person was shown with a business suit on; in others, with a blue-collar janitorial outfit. The question was whether people wearing janitor attire would more likely be viewed as black. The answer: Yes.
For the full story, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/fashion/when-color-is-reflected-in-a-j....