This regulatory process is gendered with Latinas experiencing more explicit sanctioning than Latino men.
This study illuminates how Latino parents create racialized and gendered boundaries between their children and Blacks.
ABSTRACT: Family types continue to expand in the U.
By challenging the racial devaluation of people of color while preferring the normativity that endogamy offers, the women in this study underscore the fluidity embedded in endogamy.
ABSTRACT: While racial intermarriage is heralded as the last stage in integration processes, endogamy (intragroup marriage) is the overwhelming norm in the United States.
What are the familial, dating, and community processes that produce endogamy?
Many immigrant groups have racially distanced themselves from Blacks due to anti-Black prejudice and stigma.
Racial distancing can be transmitted to children through regulating intimate contact with Blacks.
Few studies have examined how Latino young adults receive racialized messages from their immigrant parents about dating Blacks.
In-depth interviews reveal that Latino young adults encounter messages regarding mixed race children, perceived cultural differences and the US racial hierarchy.
To understand how professional women of color navigate endogamy and family ideals, I draw on 40 in-depth interviews of professional Black women and Latinas to ask how they construct partner preferences.
I find that professional Latinas and Black women prefer same-race, similarly educated partners but report significant barriers to satisfying these desires.
Respondents’ experiences with racism, the rejection of ethno-racial and cultural assimilation, gendered racism from men of color, and the college gender gap emerge as mechanisms for endogamous preferences.
These preferences resist and support hegemonic family formation, an ideological and behavioral process that privileges, white, middle class, endogamous, heteronormative ideals for families comprising courtship, marriage, and biological childbearing.