Teaching Tolerance? Associational Diversity and Tolerance Formation

Rapp, Carolin; Freitag, Markus (2014). Teaching Tolerance? Associational Diversity and Tolerance Formation. Political studies, 63(5), pp. 1031-1051. Blackwell Publishing 10.1111/1467-9248.12142

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Tolerance is a basic democratic principle that helps civil societies cope with rising levels of diversity stemming from increased immigration and individualism. During the last decade the question of how tolerance may be fostered has dominated debates in public and academic spheres. In this article, a closer look is taken at how associational diversity relates to the formation of tolerance and the importance of associations as schools of tolerance are evaluated. The main theoretical argument follows contact theory, wherein regular and enduring contact in diverse settings reduces prejudice and thereby increases an individual’s tolerance toward objectionable groups. The empirical findings reveal a positive relationship between associational diversity and tolerance. It is observed, however, that the duration of active engagement in associations reduces this positive relation between diversity and tolerance. Accordingly, these results challenge the notion that associations serve as schools of tolerance in the long run.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Rapp, Carolin and Freitag, Markus

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0032-3217

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Giada Gianola

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2014 10:33

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2017 01:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1467-9248.12142

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.60667

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/60667

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