International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2LL Understanding intergroup relationships: the role of acculturation, threat and contact.

(Session Organizer) Hector Carvacho, Universit├Ąt Bielefeld; (Discussant) Andreas Zick, University of Bielefeld; (Chair) Andres Haye, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Ch

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Universit├Ąt Bielefeld
Research Area: Intergroup relations

This panel discuss the role of acculturation, threat and contact, as relevant predictors of intergroup attitudes in multiple contexts. Although, contact has shown to be one of the most important predictors of prejudice reduction, it is still an open question how does it work. Manzi and colleagues' paper examines the role of intergroup anxiety as mediator in this relationship using longitudinal data in the context of inter-religion relationships in Chile. Moreover, the paper by González et al. shows that acculturation preferences have an effect in the quality of every day interaction with members of  outgroups, using longitudinal data in the Chilean society. The study includes: ethnic minorities (Mapuches) and immigrants (Peruvians). Starting with a discussion on the main concepts of Ethnic Competition Theory, Gundlach & Zick suggest an integrated model distinguishing threat, competition and prejudice towards ethnic groups, focusing on the measurement problems of this conceptual distinction. Finally, using cross-cultural data, from 8 European countries, Küpper and Zick complement the traditional approach based on RWA ans SDO as the main predictors of prejudice, whit the inclusion of diversity beliefs in the model, allowing them to better predict prejudice towards several groups (presented as a syndrome of Group-focused Enmity) and acculturation attitudes.