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UT Sociologist Studies Role of Race in Educational Opportunity for Brazilian Youth

Posted: February 6, 2012

The role of race as it relates to educational opportunities has changed in important ways over time for white and black/mixed-race adolescents in Brazil, according to UT sociologist and LLILAS affiliate Leticia Marteleto, who has been investigating disparities in educational opportunities during the period 1982–2007. 

Although educational advantages for whites have persisted and disadvantages associated with race still exist, by 2007 the education gap had begun to close between Brazilian adolescents who identified themselves as blacks and pardos, or mixed-race, whereas in the past blacks had experienced greater disadvantages. The findings suggest that this is due in part to the large gains in family resources among black adolescents and a shift in racial labeling. 

Dr. Marteleto, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Research Associate at the Population Research Center, published her research in the February 2012 issue of the journal Demography.  

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