Threat by association: How distant events can affect local intergroup relationsBouman, T., 2016, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 221 p.
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This potential influence of distant events on local intergroup relations is particularly relevant in the current global village, in which the media frequently confront individuals with international events that could induce feelings of intergroup threat (e.g., Arab uprisings, Greek economic crisis). Indeed, the findings of this dissertation suggest that messages conveying (potential) threats from distant outgroups (e.g., Islamic State, Greeks) can cause negative feelings toward local cultural minorities (e.g., Turkish-, Moroccan-, and Indonesian-Dutch citizens), particularly when these local outgroups are associated with the distant outgroup—for instance, by means of a shared superordinate outgroup membership (e.g., “Muslims”). Interestingly, in contrast to the support found for carry-over effects of distant threats, no such carry-over effects emerged for positive information about a distant situation.
By focusing on distant intergroup threats and how they can carry over into local intolerance we added a new dimension to the analysis of local intolerance. When distant and local outgroups are associated with each other in the mind of the observer, negative distant events can indeed negatively influence local intergroup relationships.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Place of Publication||[Groningen]|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
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