Drawing from recent work on “otherness” and social boundaries in America, we investigate anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish opinion among white Americans. After outlining the logic of the comparison, we use nationally representative data to analyze these forms of othering. Although anti-Muslim opinion is more extensive, the two track together empirically and share a cultural logic as connected forms of ethno-religious boundary-making. Latent class analysis shows that anti-Semitism is nested within anti-Muslim attitudes, with political and religious identifications as consistent predictors of opinion. We conclude with a reflection on politicized boundary-making and the relationship between extreme and mainstream views of the “other.”.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - 2023|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Data collection was supported by the Edelstein Family Foundation and the National Science Foundation [grant numbers 1258926, 1258933].
© 2022 MSS.
- political culture