National identification and support for discriminatory policies: The mediating role of beliefs about laïcité in France

Jais Adam-Troian*, Thomas Arciszewski, Themistoklis Apostolidis

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Abstract

In France, laïcité is a legal principle enforcing State secularism. However, research indicates that Modern (vs. traditional) beliefs about laïcité (ML) help legitimate prejudice against minorities. From Social Identity Theory, we hypothesized that ML should be positively linked with national identification, stereotyping, prejudice and support for discrimination. Accordingly, we demonstrate that ML independently predicts support for discriminatory policies (Study 1a, N = 241) and Maghrebi IAT scores (Study 1b, N = 242). ML mediates the link between national identification and Generalized Prejudice (Study 2a, N = 215; Study 2d, N = 114) as well as Support for Discriminatory Policies (Study 2b, N = 250). Experimental corroboration of this mediation was provided (Study 2c, N = 100). An exploratory study showed that priming ML led to more support for discrimination through national identification (Study 3, N = 89). These results reveal the important intergroup regulation feature of ML beliefs in France.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-937
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • discrimination
  • intergroup relations
  • laïcité
  • national identification
  • political judgments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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