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Title: Prejudice against Australian asylum seekers and their function: Suggestions for anti-prejudice strategies
Contributor(s): Pedersen, Anne (author); Watt, Susan (author) ; Griffiths, Brian (author)
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: University of the Sunshine Coast
Place of Publication: Maroochydore, Australia
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ISBN: 9780980474411
Source of Publication: The Complexities of Racism: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on "Racisms in the New World Order"
Abstract: Over the last decade or so under the Howard Government, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the unauthorised arrival of asylum seekers. In this study, we analysed data collected from 602 Western Australians. We investigated why people think the way they do about asylum seekers using the function of attitude literature as a base; specifically participants' values, their experience with asylum seekers, and their reliance on other sources for information. Results indicated that the Perth community overwhelmingly based their attitudes (positive or negative) on their values. Finally, we integrate these findings with other research regarding prejudice against asylum seekers, and give suggestions for attempting to present an alternative – more positive – view of asylum seekers than that often given.
Conference Name: Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order, Caloundra, Australia, 6th - 7th December, 2007
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Keywords: Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (FOR): 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Peer Reviewed: Yes
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