Ethnic classification among secondary school teachers and students in Hungary

Dorottya Kisfalusi

Abstract


This study focuses on ethnic classification among secondary school teachers and Roma and non-Roma Hungarian secondary school students. It is expected that students living under better socio-economic circumstances are less likely to be classified as Roma by their classmates and teachers than students with a poorer socio-economic background. It is also assumed that students having more Roma friends are more likely to be classified as Roma than students having fewer Roma friends. First-wave data from a Hungarian panel study were analyzed. To test the hypotheses, cross-sectional logistic and fractional regression analyses were conducted in 17 classes (N=559). Results suggest that, consistent with the hypotheses, students from low-status families and students having more incoming friendship nominations from Roma classmates are more likely to be classified as Roma by their teachers and peers than high-status students and students having fewer Roma friends, even after controlling for the students’ ethnic self-identification.


Keywords


adolescents, ethnic classification, ethnic perceptions, Roma, social networks

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2018.1.02

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X