Beneath the Surface of Intolerance Studies on the acceptance of Muslims in Western Europe

  • Research on the accommodation and integration of minorities in their host societies typically pays little attention to the acceptance of minorities by the host society’s population. The studies collected in this dissertation focus on the opinions of the non-Muslim Western majority population and examine (1) if there is public support among the non-Muslim majority population for Muslims to follow their own practices and lifestyle, (2) whether the willingness to restrict Muslims’ civil liberties is limited to those who are prejudiced against Muslims, (3) if individual value orientations and perceptions of threat posed by Muslims and Islam explain variation in support for such restrictions, and (4) how individual value orientations and perceptions of threat interact with having an anti-Muslim attitude in explaining support for restricting Muslims’ liberties.The studies in this dissertation use a quantitative approach and analyse large sets of survey data collected in Germany, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. Results show that the majority population is generally quite supportive of Muslims who want to follow their own lifestyle. The willingness to restrict Muslims’ liberties differs according to the societal context and the specifics of what people were asked to support, and is influenced by major international events such as 9/11. Furthermore, support for restrictions is also found among non-prejudiced respondents, indicating that other factors than a personal dislike are important in explaining support for a minority’s liberties. Individual value orientations and perceptions of threat are two of such factors that contribute to explaining support for Muslims’ liberties and of which the relevance stretches beyond those being prejudiced against Muslims.

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Publishing Institution:IRC-Library, Information Resource Center der Jacobs University Bremen
Granting Institution:Jacobs Univ.
Author:Jolanda van der Noll
Referee:Christian Welzel, Klaus Boehnke, Jan Delhey, Maykel Verkuyten
Advisor:Christian Welzel
Persistent Identifier (URN):urn:nbn:de:101:1-201305294968
Document Type:PhD Thesis
Date of Successful Oral Defense:2012/08/09
Date of First Publication:2012/11/21
PhD Degree:Political Science
Library of Congress Classification:H Social Sciences / HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
School:SHSS School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Other Organisations Involved:Bremen International Graduate School Of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
Call No:Thesis 2012/39

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