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The diversity Wave: A meta-analysis of the native-born white response to ethnic diversity

Kaufmann, Eric, Goodwin, Matthew J. (2018) The diversity Wave: A meta-analysis of the native-born white response to ethnic diversity. Social Science Research, 76 . pp. 120-131. ISSN 0049-089X. E-ISSN 1096-0317. (doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.008)

Abstract

Does ethnic diversity increase or reduce white threat perceptions? Meta-analyses help orient a ?eld and communicate ?ndings to policymakers. We

report the results of a meta-analysis of studies measuring the relationship between ethnic context and both opposition to immigration and support

for anti-immigration parties. Our analysis attempts to be exhaustive, and is based on 171 post-1995 studies averaging 25,000 observations each, a

knowledge base of over 4 million data points. We ? nd a linear association between ethnic change and elevated threat. However, for diversity levels,

the relationship between ethnic context and threat is nonlinear. This takes the form of a 'wave', with higher diversity predicting threat responses at

the smallest and largest scales, whereas in units of 5000–10,000 people (such as tracts or neighbourhoods), diversity is associated with reduced

threat.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.008
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Matthew Goodwin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 12:20 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 13:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69929 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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