English title: It's who you know: Political influence on anti-immigrant attitudes and the moderating role of intergroup contact

Author(s): Andrea Bohman -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


This study examines whether political frames influence anti-immigrant attitudes among native populations in 21 European countries, and if this relationship is somehow moderated by personal experiences of intergroup contact. Using data from the Comparative Manifesto Project and European Social Survey, two indicators of intergroup contact are tested: immigrant friends and immigrant colleagues, to see whether they can counter the effect of nationalistic political framing. The analysis reveals a positive relationship between nationalistic frames and anti-immigrant attitudes that is moderated by experiences of intergroup contact. In this sense, extensive contact with immigrants seems to inoculate individuals against political influences. The results contribute to a better understanding of both the role of political contexts and of the consequences of intergroup contact.

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

From page no: 6

To page no: 0

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.5153/SRO.3622

Journal: Sociological research online

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