Life, pocketbook, or culture the role of perceived security threats in promoting exclusionist political attitudes toward minorities in Israel

Daphna Canetti-Nisim*, Gal Ariely, Eran Halperin

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Abstract

This article tests the role played by different sources of threat perception in shaping exclusionist political attitudes of the majority toward two distinct minority groups in Israel: non-Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Palestinian citizens of Israel. The authors distinguish between the impact of security, economic, and symbolic threats on exclusionist political attitudes. A structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis indicated that regardless of the different levels of each threat posed by a minority group, a perceived security threat is a key predictor of exclusionist political attitudes toward different minority groups.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)90-103
Number of pages14
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ethnic relations
  • Exclusionist political attitudes
  • Israel
  • Minorities
  • Threat perceptions

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