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Understanding the attitude-behaviour relationship: a quantitative analysis of public participation in anti-immigrant violence in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T13:15:43Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-05T13:15:43Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-29 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/13675
dc.description.abstract Xenophobic violence is a fundamental obstacle to the mental, social, and economic wellbeing of international migrants living and working in South Africa. Currently, there is substantial contention on what determines participation in this type of behaviour. This article looks at the role of perceived threat and whether such attitudes are driving both past participation and potential participation in anti-immigrant violence. Data from three rounds (2015-2017) of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (N=9,292) was used for this study. Although a majority were found not to have taken part in violence, many people indicated a willingness to consider participating in anti-immigrant violence in the future. A multivariate (multinomial) regression approach was employed to identify those factors most associated with violent participation. Perceived threat was shown to be a robust predictor of potential participation in violence. This suggests that anti-immigrant perceptions could have a mobilising effect, spurring individuals towards acts of violent xenophobia. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MIGRATION en
dc.subject XENOPHOBIA en
dc.subject ATTITUDES en
dc.subject VIOLENCE en
dc.title Understanding the attitude-behaviour relationship: a quantitative analysis of public participation in anti-immigrant violence in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume February en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Psychology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10811 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9894 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gordon, S.L. (2019) Understanding the attitude-behaviour relationship: a quantitative analysis of public participation in anti-immigrant violence in South Africa. <i>South African Journal of Psychology</i>. February:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gordon, S.L. en


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