Generalized negative and racial attitudes by in-group members towards out-group members can develop strong deterrents prohibiting a functioning democracy. This dissertation will examine those variables that most impact why in-group members carry such attitudes when considering their out-group counterparts. Although many argue that negative attitudes are a result of economic and cultural threat the first two research papers will argue that these attitudes are simple like/dislike relationships. In kind after the election of the first African American president in the United States many believed racist attitudes were not defunct. My third paper in this series will test whether these claims of a post-racial America are indeed true. Results of this study show that not only were racial attitudes vigorous during the 2008 Presidential election but also they had both a positive and negative effect.
|Advisor:||Clarke, Harold D.|
|Commitee:||Camp Keith, Linda, Elliott, Euel, Stewart, Marianne|
|School:||The University of Texas at Dallas|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Group conflict, Negative attitudes, Political support, Racism|
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