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Political Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 365–384 | Cite as

Are symbolic racism and traditional prejudice part of a contemporary authoritarian attitude syndrome?

  • David Raden
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Abstract

This research used the General Social Survey for 1988 to investigate the extent to which traditional racial prejudice and symbolic racism had syndromic qualities among white Americans. The correlations between the measures of traditional prejudice and a wide variety of authoritarianism-related social attitudes were often moderately high. However, the associations of the measure of symbolic racism with these attitudes typically were similar. Additionally, the loadings of both types of prejudice on a general attitudinal authoritarianism factor were moderately high. Moreover, the measures of traditional prejudice and symbolic racism had substantial correlations with one another. Thus there was little in the findings to support the characterization by Sears and his associates of symbolic racism as a distinctive racial disposition.

Keywords

Social Attitude General Social Survey Racial Prejudice Political Psychology Substantial Correlation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Raden
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesPurdue University CalumetHammond

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