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Social Identity Motives, Boundary Definitions, and Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Social Identity Motives, Boundary Definitions, and Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Author(s): Nagihan Taşdemir
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Syrians; Turkey; migration; refugess
Summary/Abstract: Research shows that definitions of in-group boundaries play an important role in the prediction of attitudes towards immigrants (Lödén, 2008; Meeus, Duriez, Vanbeselaere & Boen, 2010; Pehrson, Vignoles & Brown, 2009; Verkuyten & Martinoviç, 2015). These definitions in Turkey are conceptualized as national participation and national essentialism (Taşdemir & Öner-Özkan, 2016b; Taşdemir in press) although they have often been dimensioned as civic and ethnic/cultural definitions abroad (Reijerse, Van Acker, Vanbeselaere, Phalet & Duriez, 2013). National participation includes more inclusive criteria but is less likely to be associated with positive inter-group attitudes compared to national essentialism, which includes more exclusive criteria (Taşdemir & Öner-Özkan, 2016b; Taşdemir, in press). However, studies (e.g., Reijerse et al. 2013), conducted mostly in Western countries, show that civic or more inclusive definitions predict more positive attitudes towards the immigrants than ethnic/cultural or more exclusive definitions.

  • Page Range: 157-180
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English