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In Varietate Harmonia ?: Intergroup Contact, Group Threat and Ethnic Tolerance in Scandinavian Regions

In Varietate Harmonia ?: Intergroup Contact, Group Threat and Ethnic Tolerance in Scandinavian... The issue of immigration is becoming increasingly salient, and has emerged as a prominent political matter in the Scandinavian countries. Using multilevel modelling employing data from the statistical bureaus of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in combination with the latest round of the European Social Survey, the link between the percentage of immigrants in a region and individual’s level of ethnic tolerance is examined. Most previous comparative studies of attitudes toward immigration have used European countries as level-2 units. We apply a new approach, investigating immigration at the regional level in these three fairly similar societies. Our findings show that regional diversity is associated with higher tolerance which is in accordance with intergroup contact theory. The relatively small size of immigrant populations together with the presence of post-materialistic values due to a relatively high standard of living makes the Scandinavian countries less receptive to mechanisms associated with group threat theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

In Varietate Harmonia ?: Intergroup Contact, Group Threat and Ethnic Tolerance in Scandinavian Regions

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Brill
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© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
1385-4879
eISSN
1571-8115
DOI
10.1163/15718115-02003001
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Abstract

The issue of immigration is becoming increasingly salient, and has emerged as a prominent political matter in the Scandinavian countries. Using multilevel modelling employing data from the statistical bureaus of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in combination with the latest round of the European Social Survey, the link between the percentage of immigrants in a region and individual’s level of ethnic tolerance is examined. Most previous comparative studies of attitudes toward immigration have used European countries as level-2 units. We apply a new approach, investigating immigration at the regional level in these three fairly similar societies. Our findings show that regional diversity is associated with higher tolerance which is in accordance with intergroup contact theory. The relatively small size of immigrant populations together with the presence of post-materialistic values due to a relatively high standard of living makes the Scandinavian countries less receptive to mechanisms associated with group threat theory.

Journal

International Journal on Minority and Group RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Scandinavia; ethnic tolerance; intergroup contact; group threat

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