Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Group perceptions, group conflict and political support
by McDowell, Curtis A., Jr., Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, 2012, 142; 3507646
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clarke, Harold D.
Commitee: Camp Keith, Linda, Elliott, Euel, Stewart, Marianne
School: The University of Texas at Dallas
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science
Keywords: Group conflict, Negative attitudes, Political support, Racism
Publication Number: 3507646
ISBN: 9781267330154
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