Perceived competition explains regional differencs in the stereotype content of immigrant groups
|Title||Perceived competition explains regional differencs in the stereotype content of immigrant groups|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Binggeli, S, Krings, F, Sczesny, S|
|Keywords||competition, immigrants, regional differences, stereotype content|
This research investigates differences in the stereotype content of immigrant groups between linguistic regions. We expected that immigrant groups who speak the local language of a specific linguistic region would be perceived as more competitive within this region than in another linguistic region. Further, we expected these differences would underlie regional differences in stereotype content, albeit only for the warmth dimension. Predictions were tested in the two largest linguistic regions of Switzerland. As expected, in the German-speaking region, locals perceived German immigrants as more competitive and thus as less warm, whereas in the French-speaking region, locals perceived French immigrants as more competitive and, consequently, as less warm. So, paradoxically, immigrants with strong integration potential are particularly disliked because they are regarded as direct competitors.