Social scientists have long been interested in understanding sources and causes of discriminatory attitudes, hostility, and prejudice toward out-group populations and the mechanisms underlying the emergence of such sentiments. Consequently, a variety of alternative theoretical models have been advanced in the literature to explain why members of the majority population hold discriminatory attitudes toward out-group populations and why they are willing to deny subordinate minority groups from equal access to social, political, and economic rights (e.g., Blumer, 1958; Fetzer, 2000; Schnapper, 1994). The alternative theoretical explanations range from racism or symbolic racism to authoritarian personality, to right-wing mobilization and to competitive threat, to name but a few (for a detailed discussion of the alternative theoretical models, see Wimmer, 1997). Although these alternative explanations are not necessarily contradictory or mutually exclusive, each emphasizes a different mechanism underlying the emergence of prejudice, discrimination, and hostility, and each has received some empirical confirmation and support.
|Title of host publication||Methods, Theories, and Empirical Applications in the Social Sciences|
|Publisher||VS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften|
|Number of pages||9|
|ISBN (Print)||3531171305, 9783531171302|
|State||Published - 1 Nov 2012|