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Attitudes Toward Minorities

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This chapter examines the ethnocentric attitudes of our respondents who are composed mainly of native Dutch church members. It presents the conceptual structure of the attitudes towards minorities. The chapter gives a report of the analysis of these attitudes in the empirical part. It investigates the social location of these ethnocentric attitudes. The chapter explains in the theoretical portion, that the positive attitudes toward the in-group and the negative attitudes toward the out-group are the two components of ethnocentrism. It clarifies that the social identity theory and the realistic group-conflict theory could aid us in understanding this complex process of ethnocentrism. In the empirical part, the author tries to operationalize positive in-group attitude and negative out-group attitude using instruments derived from Social and Cultural Trends in the Netherlands (SOCON). All the social characteristics were significantly correlated to both the positive in-group attitude and the negative out-group attitude.

Keywords: Dutch church members; ethnic minorities; ethnocentric attitudes; ethnocentrism; social identity theory; SOCON



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