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White Racial Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

White racial identity refers to how White people conceptualize their sense of self as members of the White race. A person's racial identity is influenced by a complex mixture of environmental forces (e.g., familial attitudes, geography), individual attributes (e.g., cognitive development), and personal life experiences. For many White individuals, an extremely influential aspect of racial identity is being a member of the numerical majority and the socioeconomic and political dominant group. White ...

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