Journal Article

Racial integration, ethnic diversity, and prejudice: empirical evidence from a study of the British National Party

Clive Lennox

in Oxford Economic Papers

Volume 64, issue 3, pages 395-416
Published in print July 2012 | ISSN: 0030-7653
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1464-3812 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpr058
Racial integration, ethnic diversity, and prejudice: empirical evidence from a study of the British National Party

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Does contact with ethnic minorities exacerbate or lower the racial prejudice of whites? To provide empirical evidence on this question, I examine the recruitment of members by the British National Party (BNP), which has a long history of supplying hate-creating stories about ethnic minorities. I find that the BNP recruits fewer white members from communities in which: (i) whites interact more frequently with nonwhites, (ii) whites are exposed to greater racial diversity within the nonwhite population, and (iii) there are more mixed-race offspring from white and nonwhite parents. Further tests suggest that these results are not attributable to self-segregation or economic conditions. Overall, there is compelling evidence that contact with ethnic minorities reduces the racial prejudice of whites.

Keywords: D72; J15; J61; R23

Journal Article.  9360 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Household Analysis ; Demographic Economics ; Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies ; Analysis of Collective Decision-making

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