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Racial integration, ethnic diversity, and prejudice: empirical evidence from a study of the British National Party

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Does contact with ethnic minorities exacerbate or lower the racial prejudice of whites? To provide empirical evidence on this question, I examine the recruitment of members by the British National Party (BNP), which has a long history of supplying hate-creating stories about ethnic minorities. I find that the BNP recruits fewer white members from communities in which: (i) whites interact more frequently with nonwhites, (ii) whites are exposed to greater racial diversity within the nonwhite population, and (iii) there are more mixed-race offspring from white and nonwhite parents. Further tests suggest that these results are not attributable to self-segregation or economic conditions. Overall, there is compelling evidence that contact with ethnic minorities reduces the racial prejudice of whites. Copyright 2012 Oxford University Press 2011 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

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  • Clive Lennox, 2012. "Racial integration, ethnic diversity, and prejudice: empirical evidence from a study of the British National Party," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 64(3), pages 395-416, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:64:y:2012:i:3:p:395-416
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    1. Verena Dill, 2013. "Ethnic Concentration and Extreme Right-Wing Voting Behavior in West Germany," Research Papers in Economics 2013-02, University of Trier, Department of Economics.

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