Effects of Intergenerational Social Mobility on Stereotypical Attitudes towards Ethnic Minorities

07-11-2008 | Jochem Tolsma, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Nan-Dirk de Graaf, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Lincoln Quillian, Northwestern University Evanston, United States

Bron: Internet 08/07/2008 - Jochem Tolsma, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Nan-Dirk de Graaf, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Lincoln Quillian, Northwestern University Evanston, United States   

Up till now, no study satisfactorily addressed the issue of the relative impact of social origin position versus social destination position on antagonistic attitudes towards ethnic out-groups. In this contribution, we investigate the impact of occupational intergenerational mobility on stereotypical attitudes towards ethnic out-groups using diagonal reference models. We will test several hypotheses with data from the Social and Cultural Developments in the Netherlands surveys (1995, 2000, and 2005). The occupational class position of the father during childhood does not affect one’s stereotypical attitudes if the occupational class of the respondent is a more tolerant class. On the other hand, if the social origin position is the more tolerant class it even has a stronger impact on one’s stereotypical attitudes than the destination class. We did not find confirmation for the hypothesis that downwards mobility leads to frustration and consequently to stereotypical attitudes.

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