Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion

Reposted from “Alternative Hypothesis”

Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion

April 15, 2016FrancisUncategorized1


Summary: Research shows that people like those who are similar to them. Moreover, the more heritable a trait is the more important similarity in it is to friends and spouses. Thus, people enjoy the company of those who are genetically similar to them. This may explain why people to marry, befriend, and live near, members of their own race for more than randomness would predict. Moreover, a rich literature of correlational, longitudinal, and experimental, data shows that people get along better with members of their own race and that ethnic diversity damages social cohesion. 

People like People Who Are Similar To Them

If you take a class in social psychology, one of the first things you will learn is that people like people who are similar to themselves. Similar people get along better, make better friends, and better marriage partners. This viewpoint is supported by two kinds of evidence: correlational and expeirmental.

The correlational evidence consists of the repeated finding that friends and spouses are more similar, in just about every way imaginable, than average (Bryne, 1971Myers, 2008 pg

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