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Immigration, social trust, and the moderating role of value contexts.
Soc Sci Res 2019; 79:115-126SS

Abstract

This study examines whether the values prevalent in one's social environment moderate the link between immigration-related ethnic diversity and social trust. Drawing on arguments related to intergroup relations and anomie, we expect that contexts characterized by a comparatively high degree of openness mitigate a trust-eroding effect of immigration. In contrast, we expect that contexts of low openness or high conservation may reinforce a trust-eroding effect. We test these propositions using survey data from Europe and the United States merged with regional indicators on immigration and value contexts. The results show that high levels of contextual openness attenuate trust-eroding consequences of immigration growth. With regard to mechanisms, we find that contextual openness moderates how change in immigration relates to generalized forms of trust rather than outgroup trust. This points to an overall anomie-reducing function of openness norms, especially in times of ethnic change.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Cologne, Germany. Electronic address: ziller@wiso.uni-koeln.de.American University, United States.University of Oxford, UK; University of Newcastle, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30857657

Citation

Ziller, Conrad, et al. "Immigration, Social Trust, and the Moderating Role of Value Contexts." Social Science Research, vol. 79, 2019, pp. 115-126.
Ziller C, Wright M, Hewstone M. Immigration, social trust, and the moderating role of value contexts. Soc Sci Res. 2019;79:115-126.
Ziller, C., Wright, M., & Hewstone, M. (2019). Immigration, social trust, and the moderating role of value contexts. Social Science Research, 79, pp. 115-126. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.12.009.
Ziller C, Wright M, Hewstone M. Immigration, Social Trust, and the Moderating Role of Value Contexts. Soc Sci Res. 2019;79:115-126. PubMed PMID: 30857657.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Immigration, social trust, and the moderating role of value contexts. AU - Ziller,Conrad, AU - Wright,Matthew, AU - Hewstone,Miles, Y1 - 2018/12/10/ PY - 2018/02/13/received PY - 2018/07/31/revised PY - 2018/12/07/accepted PY - 2019/3/13/entrez KW - Ethnic diversity KW - Immigration KW - Normative climate KW - Social trust KW - Value context SP - 115 EP - 126 JF - Social science research JO - Soc Sci Res VL - 79 N2 - This study examines whether the values prevalent in one's social environment moderate the link between immigration-related ethnic diversity and social trust. Drawing on arguments related to intergroup relations and anomie, we expect that contexts characterized by a comparatively high degree of openness mitigate a trust-eroding effect of immigration. In contrast, we expect that contexts of low openness or high conservation may reinforce a trust-eroding effect. We test these propositions using survey data from Europe and the United States merged with regional indicators on immigration and value contexts. The results show that high levels of contextual openness attenuate trust-eroding consequences of immigration growth. With regard to mechanisms, we find that contextual openness moderates how change in immigration relates to generalized forms of trust rather than outgroup trust. This points to an overall anomie-reducing function of openness norms, especially in times of ethnic change. SN - 1096-0317 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30857657/Immigration,_social_trust,_and_the_moderating_role_of_value_contexts L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0049-089X(18)30122-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -