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Role of Authority Figures' Approval in Anti-Muslim Aggression

Title: The Role of Authority Figures' Approval in Anti-Muslim Aggression.

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Name(s): Beck, Christopher Loyd, author
Plant, Ashby, professor directing dissertation
Stiegman, Albert E., university representative
McNulty, James, committee member
Boot, Walter Richard, committee member
Conway, P. (Paul), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (49 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent events have shown no abatement in the increasingly common anti-Muslim attitudes and aggression. Anti-Muslim incidents have steadily risen over the last few years. One contributing factor in anti-Muslim harassment may be Right-wing authoritarianism (RWA). RWA can lead to aggressive behavior towards minorities, as individuals high in RWA tend to act aggressively towards individuals who do not share their cultural values or norms. We argue that the authority figures that people admire play a role in shaping the attitudes and behaviors individuals endorse. As such, perceptions of political authority figures’ approval may dictate whether authoritarian individuals act on their aggressive impulses towards minority group members. Across two studies, we posit that for people high in RWA these perceptions of authority figure approval act as a mechanism to influence the personal endorsement of aggression towards Muslims. Our results support this hypothesis, as high RWA participants perceive their authority figures as approving of prejudice towards Muslims which in turn contributes to their own endorsement of aggressive policies. Perceptions of authority figure approval are an important contributor to anti-Muslim aggression. Authoritarian individuals become more likely to aggress against Muslims due to their perceptions that their political authority figures would support such actions.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Beck_fsu_0071E_14059 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: July 17, 2017.
Keywords: Islam, Prejudice, Religion, Right-wing Authoritarianism
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: E. Ashby Plant, Professor Directing Dissertation; Albert Stiegman, University Representative; James McNulty, Committee Member; Walter Boot, Committee Member; Paul Conway, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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