ISPP 2016 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13-16 July, Warsow (PL)

  • Oral presentation: Green, E. G. T., Visintin, E. P., & Sarrasin, O. How cultural diversity and anti-immigration climates shape individuals’ stances towards immigration: an ethnic conception of the nation as a mediator. Section: Intergroup relations; Diversity, intergroup encounters and social cohesion: New directions for research.
  • Invited Symposium: Visintin, E. P., Brylka, A., Green, E. G. T., Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. The role of affective and cognitive mediators in interminority extended contact.
  • Oral presentation: Visintin, E. P., Green, E. G. T., Falomir-Pichastor, J. M., & Berent, J. Intergroup contact counteracts the effects of anti-egalitarian social norms on prejudice. Section: Intergroup relations; Improving intergroup relations.
  • Oral presentation: Pereira, A., Green, E. G. T., & Visintin, E. P. Contact with majorities and minorities’ activism: the interplay of national and ethnic identification. Section: Political Behavior, Participation, and Civic Engagement; Identity and mobilization.

Abstract: Collective action research has demonstrated that group identification plays a central role in mobilising individuals. Identification is particularly crucial for ethnic minorities in national contexts, because the conjunction between their identification to the subordinate (ethnic) and the superordinate (national) groups is frequently debated by the majority. Besides, positive contact with the dominant majority has been shown to reduce ethnic minorities’ support for activism via decreasing ethnic identification. This mixed methods study brings together these two lines of research and seeks to clarify the role of identification to multiple groups in mobilising minority group members against social inequalities. With survey data from Bulgaria, we investigated support for ethnic activism among Bulgarian Roma (N = 320) as a function of their contact with the national majority (ethnic Bulgarians) as well as their ethnic and national identification. Two opposing effects were found. Friendly contact had a direct positive relationship with support for Roma activism. However, among low national identifiers, a negative indirect relationship of contact with activism was revealed through decreased ethnic identification. In short, national identification buffered the negative indirect impact of friendly contact on ethnic activism. Semi-directive interviews (N = 10) revealed that reporting positive contact with the dominant majority and affirming national attachment allow Bulgarian Roma to embody the social change they wish to see in Bulgarian society and move beyond ethnic boundaries. The beneficial role of feeling part of the superordinate national category for ethnic minority activism is discussed.

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