Attitudes vs. Actions

Stanford Magazine
Jan 4, 2017 · 2 min read


In 1931, a Stanford sociologist toured the country with two Chinese students to test a hypothesis: Do attitudes about racial discrimination differ from actions? In an illustrated feature story, graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, ’05, explores Professor Richard LaPiere’s study, which presented a discrepancy between white Americans’ stated biases and their on-the-ground behaviors, and illuminated the limits of questionnaires in sociological research.

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