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Prejudice against Muslim Australians: The role of values, gender and consensus

Pedersen, A. and Hartley, L.K. (2012) Prejudice against Muslim Australians: The role of values, gender and consensus. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 22 (3). pp. 239-255.

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Data from an Australian community survey (n=189) examining the predictors of prejudice against Muslim Australians were analysed. Using thematic analysis, we investigated the specific values our participants reported regarding their perceptions of Muslim Australians and Islam. We then investigated the relationship between prejudice against Muslim Australians, the most important value priorities given by our participants, and other prejudice-related variables. After entry into a regression analysis, the participants high in prejudice were found to be significantly more likely to have lower educational levels and more right-wing views. They were also significantly more likely to report high levels of national attitudes (i.e. stronger identification with Australian identity), concern about gender equality within the Muslim community, less concern about equality generally and report that Muslims were not conforming to Australian values. High prejudiced participants also scored higher in the reporting of negative media-related beliefs, were more likely to perceive higher support in the community for their views than was the case and were more negative towards Muslim men than Muslim women. The implications for anti-prejudice interventions are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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