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Visible minorities and racially mixed conjugal unions in Canadian large cities

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Hamplová, Dana; LeBourdais, Céline

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Abstract The study investigates assortative mating patterns with respect to race (visible minority status) in Canada. Using the 2001 Census data, the article analyses the occurrence of White/non-White unions in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Log-linear models indicate that the relative levels of interracial relationships vary across racial groups, immigration status, and place of residence. First, the highest odds of cohabiting or marrying a White person are found among Blacks. Whereas the high level of racial exogamy of Blacks is observed in all metropolitan areas under study, the relative position of other groups varies. Second, the highest levels of racial exogamy are found among couples comprising an immigrant and a non-immigrant but this effect varies across racial groups. Third, our hypothesis that residents of Montreal (Quebec) will interpartner less was confirmed only for unions between two native born Canadians. Finally, we found that French Canadians are not more inclusive of their linguistic counterparts than Anglophones.
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Free Keywords racial intermarriage; visible minority; Canada; homogamy; assortative mating; interracial
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 1519-1542
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies (2010)
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)