Minority hostility and resistance: The interplay between majority rejection and minority goals (2010–2012)

The reluctance of immigrants and other minority groups to integrate in the host society is often perceived as the cause of intergroup tension. In the proposed research we examine the opposite prediction. We propose that hostility and rejection of societal norms arises because of the very attempts of minority group members to gain full acceptance into the host society. When these attempts are thwarted due to majority rejection, minorities may become hostile and radicalise. Whereas previous research has examined either the minority or the majority perspective, we focus on the dynamic interplay between minorities and majorities as a key factor in the emergence of social unrest in modern day societies.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council