How the religious context affects the relationship between religiosity and attitudes toward immigration
2013 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article approaches two shortcomings in previous research on religiosity and prejudice: (1) the lack of cross-country comparative studies; and (2) a failure to consider any moderating effects of religious contexts. We examine whether the relationship between religiosity and anti-immigration attitudes varies depending on religious contexts in Europe, and we find two things. First, strongly religious people are on average less likely to oppose immigration than non-religious people. Second, different religious contexts moderate the religiosity–attitude relationship in that religious people in Protestant countries and in countries with a low proportion of majority adherents are more tolerant than religious people in Catholic countries and in religiously homogenous countries. State policies also matter in that religious people are more negative where the government favours the majority religion. This calls into question the taken-for-granted understanding of religiosity and out-group attitudes found in the USA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013.
immigation, religion, Europe, prejudice, xenophobia, comparative
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-71404DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2012.748210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-71404DiVA: diva2:623729