The Dynamics Of Racial Fluidity And Inequality By Saperstein And Penner

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In the article “The Dynamics of Racial Fluidity and Inequality” by Saperstein and Penner (2012), supports on the notion that race is a “flexible” tendency that changes throughout the years and across backgrounds, rather than being a characteristic that is attributed at “birth” and “fixed” (as cited in Grusky & Weisshar, 2014 p.692). In order to better understand how racial classification plays an important role over the life course of an individual this paper will analyze the article of Saperstein and Penner (2012), discuss two major concepts that are affecting social inequality, and point out two strengths/weaknesses that helped or hurt the article.
The study by Saperstein and Penner (2012) focused on how race is typically treated as an idea in the American social structure. The authors connect several works on racial “inequality” and “fluidity,” which was based on empirical evidence that was done in the United States, and it led to the discovery of evidence that showed how these two processes share a mutual relationship (Saperstein & Penner, 2012). They were able to do this by utilizing two decades of longitudinal data from a national survey, it did not only showed that the individual’s race changes over the years, but it also pointed out how the different changes in the social status of the person can contribute to the change of how he or she identifies and gets classified by others (Saperstein & Penner, 2012). Saperstein and Penner, pointed out that individuals…

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