Support for multiculturalism and minority rights: the role of national identification and out-group threat.

M.J.A.M. Verkuyten

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Support for multiculturalism and minority rights is examined in three studies among ethnic Dutch participants. Three models are tested for how national identification is related to perceived realistic and symbolic threats and to levels of support. Findings in all three studies are most in agreement with a ‘group identity lens’ model in which the relationship between national identification and support for multiculturalism is mediated by perceived threat. In addition, in Study 3, authoritarianism was independently related to threat and support for immigrant and minority rights and not indirectly through national identification. Findings across the three studies confirm the stability of the results and the usefulness of the group identity lens model for understanding reactions toward multiculturalism and minority rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-52
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Justice Research
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Threat
  • National identification
  • Multiculturalism
  • Minority rights

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