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Understanding xenophobic hate crime in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-23T11:15:11Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-23T11:15:11Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03-23 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15189
dc.description.abstract Hundreds of violent incidents of anti-immigrant hate crimes have been recorded in South Africa over the past two decades. Understanding how the public views this issue helps us better understand how it can be resolved. The paper identifies determinants of public attitudes towards anti-xenophobia strategies. Data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey for the period 2015-2018 were used for this study. Using these data, the link between anti-immigrant sentiment and lay attributes of anti-immigrant violence can be mapped. The results show that most citizens externalise the causes of this kind of hate crime and blame the victims (i.e., foreigners) for the conflict. What people believe about the etiology of an intergroup conflict was found to influence their desire for conflict resolution as well as the type of solutions preferred. Victim blaming was found to predict the adoption of prejudicial solutions to anti-immigrant hate crime (such as the mass expulsion of foreign nationals). If an individual attributed the violence to the internal attributes (e.g., emotional factors or beliefs about foreign nationals) of the perpetrators, they were more likely to adopt progressive solutions (such as education and awareness campaigns). en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject HATE CRIME en
dc.subject SOCIAL CAPITAL en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject XENOPHOBIA en
dc.title Understanding xenophobic hate crime in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume January en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Public Affairs en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New Jersey en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11236 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10354 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gordon, S.L. (2020) Understanding xenophobic hate crime in South Africa. <i>Journal of Public Affairs</i>. January:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gordon, S.L. en

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