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Seeing racial avoidance on New York City streets

Dietrich, Bryce J. and Sands, Melissa (2023) Seeing racial avoidance on New York City streets. Nature Human Behaviour, 7 (8). 1275 – 1281. ISSN 2397-3374

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Identification Number: 10.1038/s41562-023-01589-7


Here, using publicly available traffic camera feeds in combination with a real-world field experiment, we examine how pedestrians of different races behave in the presence of racial out-group members. Across two different New York City neighbourhoods and 3,552 pedestrians, we generate an unobtrusive, large-scale measure of inter-group racial avoidance by measuring the distance individuals maintain between themselves and other racial groups. We find that, on average, pedestrians in our sample (93% of whom were phenotypically non-Black) give a wider berth to Black confederates, as compared with white non-Hispanic confederates.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors, under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 05 May 2023 14:39
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 19:18

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