Correlates of Prejudice: Data from Midwestern Communities in the United States

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Title Correlates of Prejudice: Data from Midwestern Communities in the United States
Author(s) Fennelly, Katherine
Date 2005
Editor(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
English abstract
Many rural communities in the American Midwest have experienced relatively rapid demographic change from predominantly white, European-origin populations to ones with sizeable percentages of immigrants. Such change creates a natural laboratory for analysis of prejudice and threats. In this paper we present statewide survey data from Minnesota on white residents’ attitudes toward Hispanics in January, 2001, and then use qualitative data gathered seven months later for a close-up view of relations between US-born and foreign born residents in a rural town with a large meat processing plant. Comparisons are made of perceptions of symbolic and economic threats from immigrants on the part of three groups of Euro-Americans: community leaders, middle class and working class residents. Participants’ own explanations of their attitudes are used to describe nativist sentiments within the context of reported personal experiences and changes in the rural community. In the third section of the paper we listen to the comments of immigrants and refugees in the same community about their relationships with white residents. Taken together, these studies shed light on the nature of prejudice against immigrants and the kinds of public policies that may foster empathy.
Publisher Malmö University, IMER
Host/Issue Willy Brandt Series of Working Papers in International Migration and Ethnic Relations;4/04
ISSN 1650-5743
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) prejudice
racism
immigrants
United States
attitudes toward immigrants
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/1439 (link to this page)

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