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Ideological Attitudes of Majority Groups in Two Multiethnic Environments


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Margareta, Jelić and Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka and Ajduković, Dean. (2014). Ideological Attitudes of Majority Groups in Two Multiethnic Environments. Revija za socijalnu politiku, 21(1). pp. 19-41. ISSN 1330-2965, 1845-6014

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The research deals with a relevant topic of analysing the role of social context in the formation of attitudes of the majority group towards two basic orientations that determine relations between groups in multiethnic environments – multiculturalism and assimilationism. Most research in the area of intergroup attitudes and behaviours is focused on the differences between minority and majority groups, but the results of the conducted research clearly show that ethnic majority is not homogenous with regard to attitudes towards assimilationism and multicultural policy as it is usually implied by literature. The comparison of ideological attitudes of majority groups in two multiethnic environments in Croatia – Istria and Vukovar – has shown that Croats in Istria have a far more positive attitude towards multiculturalism and a more negative attitude towards assimilationism than Croats in Vukovar. Furthermore, adults in both environments are more oriented towards multiculturalism than their children, in Vukovar also towards the assimilation of minorities, while in Istria no difference was established between adults and children with regard to their attitude towards assimilation. However, not only was a difference in the markedness of assimilationism and multiculturalism found, but the determinants of those two value orientations considerably differ in those two multiethnic environments. Since the results differ with regard to social role of stakeholders, and not only with regard to the environment, these findings should be verified in the future research bearing in mind the selection of a specific minority group and wider operationalization of assimilationism than it is the degree of education of the members of ethnic minorities and multiculturalism.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: assimilationism; multiculturalism; majority group
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 00:17
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 07:33

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