Support for right-wing extremist ideology: Socio-economic indicators and socio-psychological mechanisms of social identification. Pedahzur, A. & Canetti-Nisim, D. Comparative Sociology, 2004.
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The study examined the associations between support for right-wing extremism, on the one hand, and social-psychological measures of in-group favoritism (e.g. authoritarianism) and both objective (e.g., income) and subjective (economic insecurity) socio-economic measures, on the other, among 706 Israeli-Jewish respondents. Contrary to the initial tendency to reduce right-wing extremism and define it on the basis of a single characteristic (i.e. anti-foreigner sentiments), it is defined as a broad concept that reflects a multi-layered ideology. We theorized that hostile attitudes towards out-groups are the result of in-group favoritism, and that this may be particularly apt when a sense of socio-economic competition arises. Findings obtained through the analyses of three models via structural equation modeling show that the socio-economic variables have significant direct negative effects on the socio-psychological mediating variables, and also have negative indirect effects on right-wing extremism, via their influence on the mediating socio-psychological variables. While persons with strong social identification tendencies are likely to espouse right-wing extremist ideologies whether they are high or low on the socio-economic status, persons who score low on socio-economic indicators are not likely to support right-wing extremist ideologies unless they also have strong mechanisms of social identification. © 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
@article{pedahzur_support_2004,
	title = {Support for right-wing extremist ideology: {Socio}-economic indicators and socio-psychological mechanisms of social identification},
	volume = {3},
	doi = {10.1163/1569133041513756},
	abstract = {The study examined the associations between support for right-wing extremism, on the one hand, and social-psychological measures of in-group favoritism (e.g. authoritarianism) and both objective (e.g., income) and subjective (economic insecurity) socio-economic measures, on the other, among 706 Israeli-Jewish respondents. Contrary to the initial tendency to reduce right-wing extremism and define it on the basis of a single characteristic (i.e. anti-foreigner sentiments), it is defined as a broad concept that reflects a multi-layered ideology. We theorized that hostile attitudes towards out-groups are the result of in-group favoritism, and that this may be particularly apt when a sense of socio-economic competition arises. Findings obtained through the analyses of three models via structural equation modeling show that the socio-economic variables have significant direct negative effects on the socio-psychological mediating variables, and also have negative indirect effects on right-wing extremism, via their influence on the mediating socio-psychological variables. While persons with strong social identification tendencies are likely to espouse right-wing extremist ideologies whether they are high or low on the socio-economic status, persons who score low on socio-economic indicators are not likely to support right-wing extremist ideologies unless they also have strong mechanisms of social identification. © 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.},
	number = {1},
	journal = {Comparative Sociology},
	author = {Pedahzur, A. and Canetti-Nisim, D.},
	year = {2004},
	keywords = {Pedahzur, Populist radical right}
}

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