ERIC Number: ED189219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Symbolic Racism Versus Racial Threats to "The Good Life."
Kinder, Donald R.; Sears, David O.
The goals of this research were to identify the key political forms of contemporary white racism, to investigate their social psychological antecedents, and to do both in a way that discriminated among several theoretical approaches to understanding prejudice: realistic group conflict theory, displacement theory, and a "symbolic" analysis of racism. The analysis was based upon survey data collected in suburban Los Angeles during two elections, four years apart, in which racial issues were of paramount importance. Findings indicated that symbolic racism was the major determinant of anti-black voting in both elections, both for people removed from possible personal threats posed by blacks and those more personally vulnerable. Direct racial threats to whites' private lives were found to be largely irrelevant to racism. The origins of symbolic racism appeared to lie in preadult socialization of racial predisposition and moral values. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: California (Los Angeles)