Explaining Individual Attitudes Toward Immigration Using Socioeconomic and Cultural Theoretical Modeling Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Koch, Dale
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Two substantial and growing bodies of literature address variations in individual attitudes toward immigration from a socioeconomic and a cultural perspective, respectively. Fewer studies, however, seek to reconcile these theoretical perspectives through a more holistic approach. With that in mind, this paper is conceived with an appreciation for explaining immigration attitude formation as a complex web of deeply interconnected factors which vary widely in importance among individuals. I argue that, in addition to socioeconomic factors, cultural elements play an even stronger role in the formation of public opinion toward immigration on an individual level. In particular, I use quantitative analysis of European Social Survey (2014) data to separate the effects of prejudicial views from the effects of cultural fears which are responsible for a substantial amount of opposition to immigration in Europe.
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  • Marks, Gary
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Stephens, John
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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