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Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: Are Majority Groups Threatened by a Minority-Majority Future?

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dc.contributor.advisor Milfont, Taciano Lescelius, Jason 2018-06-07T01:57:14Z 2018-06-07T01:57:14Z 2018 2018
dc.description.abstract By the mid to late 21st century, it is projected that ethnic European majority groups will account for less than half the total populations of many Western countries. As a result of this projected ethnic shift, these countries will become “minority-majority” nations. Three experiments were conducted in New Zealand to investigate how present-day majority group members (New Zealand Europeans) perceive and react to a projected minority-majority future. It was found that those exposed to a minority-majority future expressed greater feelings of ingroup sympathy than those presented with present-day demographic information. However, contrary to the findings of similar research conducted in North America, the minority-majority future was not associated with negative attitudes towards migrants or greater ingroup serving biases. When comparing two projected future conditions (New Zealand European-majority future vs. a minority-majority future), participants in the minority-majority condition expressed greater belief that the nation would possess more positive characteristics than those in the New Zealand European-majority condition. Additionally, the experimental condition was found to moderate the relationship between future expectations and present-day attitudes and action intentions. Depending on the strength of expectations for future societal dysfunction, development, and benevolence, participants in the minority-majority condition were more or less likely to engage in present-day pro-diversity actions or perceive diversity as threatening. Implications for theoretical research and New Zealand intergroup dynamics are discussed. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Minority-majority en_NZ
dc.subject Threat perception en_NZ
dc.subject Intergroup dynamics en_NZ
dc.title Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: Are Majority Groups Threatened by a Minority-Majority Future? en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Crosscultural Psychology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Science en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2018-06-06T01:16:48Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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