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Attitudes Toward the Black Political Movement: Trends, Meaning, and Effects on Racial Policy Preferences

Lawrence Bobo
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 51, No. 4 (Dec., 1988), pp. 287-302
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786757
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Attitudes Toward the Black Political Movement: Trends, Meaning, and Effects on Racial Policy Preferences
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Abstract

This paper examines the influence of prejudice and of conflict-based concern with protecting group position on people's attitudes toward the black political movement. Analyses of national survey data show the existence of black-white differences in trends in attitudes toward the black political movement; in part, these trends reflectifferential strategic adaptation to changes in the political context. For many whites, attitudes toward the black political movement are related to other conflict attitudes (perceptions of conflicting group objectives and fraternal deprivation) and to general social protest orientations net of the effects of measures of prejudice. Attitudes toward the black political movement also influence racial policy preferences. Each of the conflict attitudes, however, is related strongly to measures of prejudice. Implications of the results of the group conflict and prejudice approaches to racial attitudes are discussed.

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