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White Americans’ Racial Attitudes Revisited: The Role of Cognitive Engagement

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Authors
Ryu, Jaesung
Issue Date
2007-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.14 No.2, pp. 53-73
Keywords
RaceRacial PredispositionsPolicy PreferencesCognitive EngagementAmerican Politics
Abstract
This article introduces the studies on racial attitudes of white Americans and critically reviews them. Drawing on information processing perspective, I point out that literature on white racial attitudes is barely successful in accounting for the reasons why white citizens who are committed to the principle of racial equality oppose race-targeted public policies. I argue that racial policy preferences are driven not only by political and racial predispositions, but also by the different levels of cognitive engagement in issues: individuals use different amount of relevant information in forming policy preferences, which in turn leads individuals to arrive at different understandings of racial matters.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96454
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.14 (2007)
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