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Associational life and 'the Dark Side' of social capital in South Africa: a quantitative analysis of anti-immigrant behaviour

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-23T11:15:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-23T11:15:15Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03-23 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15190
dc.description.abstract Non-institutionalised anti-immigrant activity is a growing problem in many parts of the world, including Africa, and sometimes this activity can turn violent. Strengthening and reinvigorating associational life can seem like a panacea for this particular problem. Despite the theoretical expectations of the neo-Tocquevillian approach, however, the empirical evidence for a statistical relationship between associational involvement and tolerance is contested. In this article, the author looks at the relationship between participation in voluntary associations and engagement in a range of different xenophobic activities in South Africa. In the last twenty years, there have been a series of anti-immigrant incidents in that country. Nationally representative public opinion data from the 2017 round of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (N=3098) was used for this study. The author shows that the frequency of associational involvement has a positive effect on public participation in a range of anti-immigrant behaviours. These empirical results contribute to our understanding of the 'dark side' of social capital and challenge existing assumptions about the formation of societal tolerance in an African setting. The outcomes of this study provoke some serious questions about how we can build more tolerant societies and have significant implications for anti-xenophobia interventions. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject SOCIAL CAPITAL en
dc.subject IMMIGRANTS en
dc.subject ANTI-IMMIGRANT VIOLENCE en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject TOLERANCE en
dc.title Associational life and 'the Dark Side' of social capital in South Africa: a quantitative analysis of anti-immigrant behaviour en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume October en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Social Indicators Research en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New York en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11237 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10353 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gordon, S. (2019) Associational life and 'the Dark Side' of social capital in South Africa: a quantitative analysis of anti-immigrant behaviour. <i>Social Indicators Research</i>. October:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gordon, S. en


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