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What factors explain anti-Muslim prejudice? An assessment of the effects of Muslim population size, institutional characteristics and immigration-related media claims


Schlueter, Elmar; Masso, Anu; Davidov, Eldad (2019). What factors explain anti-Muslim prejudice? An assessment of the effects of Muslim population size, institutional characteristics and immigration-related media claims. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

What factors explain majority members’ anti-Muslim prejudice? This is an increasingly important question to ask, but to date only relatively few studies have sought to provide answers from a cross-national comparative perspective. This study aims to help fill this gap. Using data from the seventh round of the European Social Survey (ESS) linked with country-level characteristics, our results indicate that (a) a larger Muslim population size, (b) more liberal immigrant integration policies and (c) greater state support of religion are all associated with lower levels of majority members’ negative attitudes towards Muslim immigration – our indicator of anti-Muslim prejudice. Such attitudes, however, prove to be unrelated to (d) cross-national differences in the frequency of negative immigration-related news reports as measured by the ESS media claims data. Collectively, these findings bring us one important step closer towards a better understanding of interethnic relations between majority members and Muslim immigrants in European host societies.

Abstract

What factors explain majority members’ anti-Muslim prejudice? This is an increasingly important question to ask, but to date only relatively few studies have sought to provide answers from a cross-national comparative perspective. This study aims to help fill this gap. Using data from the seventh round of the European Social Survey (ESS) linked with country-level characteristics, our results indicate that (a) a larger Muslim population size, (b) more liberal immigrant integration policies and (c) greater state support of religion are all associated with lower levels of majority members’ negative attitudes towards Muslim immigration – our indicator of anti-Muslim prejudice. Such attitudes, however, prove to be unrelated to (d) cross-national differences in the frequency of negative immigration-related news reports as measured by the ESS media claims data. Collectively, these findings bring us one important step closer towards a better understanding of interethnic relations between majority members and Muslim immigrants in European host societies.

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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:Anti-Muslim prejudice, immigrant integration policies (MIPEX), state support of religion, group threat theory, European Social Survey (ESS)
Language:English
Date:22 February 2019
Deposited On:07 Mar 2019 10:36
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.2018.1550160
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550160
Related URLs:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550160?journalCode=cjms20 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17640

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