The wealth paradox: economic prosperity and the hardening of attitudes

Mols, Frank and Jetten, Jolanda The wealth paradox: economic prosperity and the hardening of attitudes. Cambridge, England, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Author Mols, Frank
Jetten, Jolanda
Title The wealth paradox: economic prosperity and the hardening of attitudes
Place of Publication Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication year 2017
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781107439139
Language eng
Total number of pages 209
Collection year 2018
Year available 2017
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The West is currently in the grip of a perfect storm: a lingering economic recession, a global refugee crisis, declining faith in multiculturalism, and the rise of populist anti-immigration parties. These developments seem to confirm the widely held view that hardship and poverty lead to social unrest and, more specifically, scapegoating of minorities. Yet in this provocative new book, Mols and Jetten present compelling evidence to show that prejudice and intergroup hostility can be equally prevalent in times of economic prosperity, and among more affluent sections of the population. Integrating theory and research from social psychology, political science, sociology, and history, the authors systematically investigate why positive factors such as gratification, economic prosperity, and success may also fuel negative attitudes and behaviours. The Wealth Paradox provides a timely and important re-evaluation of the role that economic forces play in shaping prejudice.
Keyword Populism
Economic crisis
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 16:01:12 EST by Dr Frank Mols on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies