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Economic conditions, group relative deprivation and ethnic threat perceptions: a cross-national perspective


Meuleman, Bart; Abts, Koen; Schmidt, Peter; Pettigrew, Thomas F; Davidov, Eldad (2019). Economic conditions, group relative deprivation and ethnic threat perceptions: a cross-national perspective. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Explaining negative attitudes towards immigration in general and threat due to immigration, in particular, has been a major topic of study in recent decades. While intergroup contact has received considerable attention in explaining ethnic threat, group relative deprivation (GRD), that is, feelings that one’s group is unfairly deprived of desirable goods in comparison to relevant out-groups, has been largely ignored in cross-national research. Nevertheless, various smaller-scale studies have demonstrated that GRD can have a decisive impact on prejudice. In the current study, we examine the association between GRD and ethnic threat systematically across 20 European countries, thereby controlling for intergroup contact and value priorities. The 7th round of the European Social Survey (ESS) includes questions assessing respondents’ feelings of group deprivation compared to immigrants and offers for the first time an opportunity to contextualise the threat-inducing effect of GRD across Europe. A multilevel structural equation model (MLSEM) demonstrates a considerable association between GRD and ethnic threat both on the individual and country levels. The results indicate that GRD is not only an important mediating factor between social structural positions and perceived threat, but also fully mediates the relation between contextual economic indicators and ethnic threat.

Abstract

Explaining negative attitudes towards immigration in general and threat due to immigration, in particular, has been a major topic of study in recent decades. While intergroup contact has received considerable attention in explaining ethnic threat, group relative deprivation (GRD), that is, feelings that one’s group is unfairly deprived of desirable goods in comparison to relevant out-groups, has been largely ignored in cross-national research. Nevertheless, various smaller-scale studies have demonstrated that GRD can have a decisive impact on prejudice. In the current study, we examine the association between GRD and ethnic threat systematically across 20 European countries, thereby controlling for intergroup contact and value priorities. The 7th round of the European Social Survey (ESS) includes questions assessing respondents’ feelings of group deprivation compared to immigrants and offers for the first time an opportunity to contextualise the threat-inducing effect of GRD across Europe. A multilevel structural equation model (MLSEM) demonstrates a considerable association between GRD and ethnic threat both on the individual and country levels. The results indicate that GRD is not only an important mediating factor between social structural positions and perceived threat, but also fully mediates the relation between contextual economic indicators and ethnic threat.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
08 Research Priority Programs > Social Networks
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ethnic threat, group relative deprivation (GRD), intergroup contact, European Social Survey (ESS), multilevel structural equation modelling (MLSEM)
Language:English
Date:22 February 2019
Deposited On:08 Mar 2019 11:06
Last Modified:30 Jun 2019 07:19
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1369-183X
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on [2019], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550157
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550157
Related URLs:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550157?journalCode=cjms20 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17639

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