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With an Open Mind: Openness to Experience Moderates the Effect of Interethnic Encounters on Support for Immigration

Publikation: Forskning - peer reviewTidsskriftartikel

  • Bolette Danckert
  • Peter Thisted Dinesen
    Peter Thisted DinesenInstitut for Statskundskab, Københavns UniversitetDanmark
  • Robert Klemmensen
    Robert KlemmensenSyddansk UniversitetDanmark
  • Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard
    Asbjørn Sonne NørgaardSyddansk Universitet
  • Dietlind Stolle
    Dietlind StolleMcGill UniversityCanada
  • Kim Mannemar Sønderskov
This article examines whether the effect of interethnic encounters on natives’ attitudes towards immi- gration varies with the Big Five personality trait openness to experience. We hypothesize that individ- uals who score high on openness, and who therefore are more appreciative of and responsive to new experiences, react more positively/less negatively to interethnic encounters. We test this conjecture on two surveys collected in Denmark and Canada. In line with our expectations, the analyses suggest that openness positively moderates the effect of interethnic encounters on immigration attitudes: compared to those with lower levels of openness, more open individuals express more pro- immigration attitudes when experiencing both personal interethnic contact and self-reported expos- ure to ethnic diversity in the neighbourhood.
TidsskriftEuropean Sociological Review
Sider (fra-til)721-733
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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