Islamophobia or Threat to Secularization? Lost Letter Experiments on the Discrimination Against Muslims in an Urban Area of Switzerland

Berger, Roger; Berger, Joël (2019). Islamophobia or Threat to Secularization? Lost Letter Experiments on the Discrimination Against Muslims in an Urban Area of Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 45(1), pp. 83-105. De Gruyter 10.2478/sjs-2019-0005

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Two explanations for discrimination against Muslims in Switzerland are threat to secularization and xenophobia. We conducted lost letter experiments and find that distinctively religious Muslim groups are indeed discriminated against, although not to a larger degree than Christian sects. Moreover, discrimination against Muslims decreases when there is no reference to religiousness. In sum, the discrimination against Muslims seems mainly to be a result of distinctive religious characteristics attributed to this group.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Joël

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

2297-8348

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Joël Berger

Date Deposited:

30 Jun 2020 11:18

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2020 11:27

Publisher DOI:

10.2478/sjs-2019-0005

Uncontrolled Keywords:

islamophobia, xenophobia, discrimination, field experiment, lost letter experiment, secularization, Switzerland

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.126796

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/126796

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