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Youth attitudes toward difference and diversity: a cross-national analysis

Jorge Vala and Rui Costa-Lopes
Análise Social
Vol. 45, No. 195 (2010), pp. 255-275
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41012797
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Abstract

This paper analyses youth attitudes toward difference and cultural diversity. Firstly, we analyse data from 65 countries showing that youths are more tolerant than older people toward both stigmatised groups and groups perceived as racially or ethnically different. Findings also show that political conservatism is a very stable predictor of intolerance to difference. Secondly, we study the appraisals of cultural diversity in 21 European countries, showing that youths express greater openness to cultural diversity than older people. In this new study, while values of conservation correlate negatively with openness to cultural diversity, values of self-transcendence correlate positively. Analisam-se as atitudes dos jovens perante a diferença e a diversidade cultural. Examinam-se dados de 65 países, mostrando-se que os jovens são mais tolerantes relativamente a grupos estigmatizados e a grupos percebidos como diferentes a nível étnico ou racial. Os resultados também mostram que o conservadurismo político é um preditor estável da intolerância à diferença. Seguidamente, estudam-se as avaliações da diversidade cultural em 21 países europeus, mostrando-se que os jovens são mais abertos à diversidade cultural. Enquanto os valores de conservação se correlacionam negativamente com a abertura à diversidade cultural, os valores de autotranscendência correlacionam-se positivamente.

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