Perceived Competition Explains Regional Differences in the Stereotype Content of Immigrant Groups

Binggeli, Steve; Krings, Franciska; Sczesny, Sabine (2014). Perceived Competition Explains Regional Differences in the Stereotype Content of Immigrant Groups. Social Psychology, 45(1), pp. 62-70. Hogrefe & Huber 10.1027/1864-9335/a000160

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This research investigates differences in the stereotype content of immigrant groups between linguistic regions. We expected that immigrant groups who speak the local language of a specific linguistic region would be perceived as more competitive within this region than in another linguistic region. Further, we expected these differences would underlie regional differences in stereotype content, albeit only for the warmth dimension. Predictions were tested in the two largest linguistic regions of Switzerland. As expected, in the German-speaking region, locals perceived German immigrants as more competitive and thus as less warm, whereas in the French-speaking region, locals perceived French immigrants as more competitive and, consequently, as less warm. So, paradoxically, immigrants with strong integration potential are particularly disliked because they are regarded as direct competitors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1864-9335

Publisher:

Hogrefe & Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2015 11:38

Last Modified:

20 Jan 2016 07:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1027/1864-9335/a000160

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65541

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65541

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