Marriage, or the lack thereof, between members of different social groups has long been viewed as an indicator of the permeability of group boundaries and the rigidity of the stratification system. Drawing on advanced statistical methods and original in-depth interviews, I examine marriage sorting patterns across various forms of social and symbolic boundaries across societies, in order to understand the implications for social openness and closure. Specifically, I focus on racial/ethnic intermarriage in the United States, and rural-urban marriage in China. 

Findings from the Project

  • Zhou, Yun. 2019. “Economic Resources, Cultural Matching, and the Rural-Urban Boundary in China’s Marriage Market”, Journal of Marriage and Family. [PDF]

Presentation Highlights (since 2015)

  • “Loosening Boundaries, Persisting Hierarchy and the Changing Color Line: Minority-Minority Intermarriage in the Contemporary U.S.”

    • 19th Annual Aage Sorensen Memorial Conference, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, April 2015.

    • RC28 Spring Meeting, University of Tilburg, Netherlands, May 2015.

  • “The Persistent Adverse Effect of Rural Hukou Origin: Economic Resources, Cultural Capital, and the Rural-Urban Boundary in China’s Marriage Market, 1987-2016”

    • RC28 Summer Meeting, University of Bern, Switzerland, August 2016.

    • Fairbank Center 60th Anniversary Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge MA , October 2016.