Emotional Substrates of White Racial Attitudes

Abstract:

A steep decline in biologically based racial animus over the past four decades has not led to a softening of opposition to race-conscious policies such as affirmative action. One explanation for this is that a new racial belief system—referred to as symbolic racism or racial resentment—has replaced “old-fashioned racism.” Another is that nonracial values such as ideology and a preference for small government now drive policy opinions. Our theory suggests that whereas disgust once accompanied ideas about “biologically inferior” groups, anger has become fused to conservative ideas about race in the contemporary period. As a result, anger now serves as the primary emotional trigger of whites’ negative racial attitudes. We experimentally induce disgust, anger, or fear using an apolitical task and find anger is uniquely powerful at boosting opposition to racially redistributive policies among white racial conservatives. Nonracial attitudes such as ideology and small government preference are not activated by any of these negative emotions.


Full article:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2011.00561.x/abstract


KEYWORDS

SHARE & LIKE

COMMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

American Journal of Political Science

0 Following 0 Fans 0 Projects 3 Articles

SIMILAR ARTICLES

Abstract:Although a commonly recognized pathway to the U.S. Senate is through the U.S. House of Representatives, only four African American House mem

Read More

Abstract:Studies of “waves” of regime change, in which large numbers of countries experience similar political transitions at roughly similar periods

Read More

Abstract:A steep decline in biologically based racial animus over the past four decades has not led to a softening of opposition to race-conscious po

Read More