Modern and classical racism toward refugees among North Queenslanders

Li, Wendy, Jackson, Kassandra, Johnson, Henry, and Miller, Daniel J. (2013) Modern and classical racism toward refugees among North Queenslanders. In: Presentations of the Unity and Diversity Conference. From: The Unity in Diversity Conference, 16-17 August 2013, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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This study examines prejudicial attitudes towards refugees among North Queenslanders. Both modern and classical prejudice toward refugees was examined as part of this study. Classical prejudice can be conceptualised as a more overt form of prejudice, whereas modern prejudice is more subtle. It is commonly believed that there is generally less racism in Australia today than in the past. This is likely the case to a certain degree, however, it might also be the case that as racism has become less socially acceptable people are less willing to display classical prejudice and instead espouse more socially acceptable modern prejudice. If this was the case it would imply a link between social desirability—the degree to which an individual wants to act in a way that is deemed socially acceptable—and prejudice. As part of this study over 370 North Queenslanders were surveyed in terms of their modern prejudice, classical prejudice and social desirability. This study would provide some baseline information in terms of prejudice towards refugees among regional Australians—specifically North Queenslanders. It would also help elucidate the link between modern prejudice, classical prejudice and social desirability.

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Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 02:32
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
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