English title: The relation between societal factors and different forms of prejudice: A cross-national approach on target-specific and generalized prejudice

Author(s): Cecil Meeusen - Anna Kern -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


The goal of this paper was to investigate the generalizability of prejudice across contexts by analyzing associations between different types of prejudice in a cross-national perspective and by investigating the relation between country-specific contextual factors and target-specific prejudices. Relying on the European Social Survey (2008), results indicated that prejudices were indeed positively associated, confirming the existence of a generalized prejudice component. Next to substantial cross-national differences in associational strength, also within country variance in target-specific associations was observed. This suggested that the motivations for prejudice largely vary according to the intergroup context. Two aspects of the intergroup context – economic conditions and cultural values – showed to be related to generalized and target-specific components of prejudice. Future research on prejudice and context should take an integrative approach that considers both the idea of generalized and specific prejudice simultaneously.

Volume: 55

Issue: 0

From page no: 1

To page no: 15

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.SSRESEARCH.2015.09.009

Journal: Social Science Research

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