Political Attitudes and Intergroup Relations

Lectures & Discussions
Date 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time 
Room Information
Higley Auditorium

Towards a “Majority-minority” Nation:

Understanding Political Attitudes & Intergroup Relations in the 21st Century

Maureen A. Craig, PhD

Recent Census Bureau projections indicate that racial minorities will comprise more than 50% of the US population by mid-century, effectively creating a so-called “majority-minority” nation. Dr. Maureen Craig will explore several implications of this demographic shift for individuals’ political and social attitudes. Several of her experiments reveal that making the racial shift salient evokes more conservative political ideology and policy preferences among members of the current majority group (White Americans) as well as among members of racial minority groups not primarily driving the growth of the “minority” population (e.g., Black Americans).

Dr. Craig will also discuss another implication of the increased racial diversity—more interactions and potential for coalitions among members of different stigmatized groups. Her work will show how making the potentially common experience of discrimination salient can, at times, promote coalitional attitudes, but can also evoke derogation of other stigmatized groups. Taken together, her work highlights the importance of a nuanced approach to understanding intergroup relations and political participation in an increasingly diverse nation.

Dr. Craig is a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychology Department at the Ohio State University. Her talk is sponsored by the Denison Department of Psychology and is free and open to the public.

Posted Date 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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