Social Capital and the Experience of Prejudice, Aggression and Discrimination among Immigrants, US-Born Minorities, and Whites in Greensboro, NC.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eric C. Jones, Research Scientist (Creator)
Spoma Jovanovic, Professor (Creator)
Arthur D. Murphy, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
Stephen J. Sills, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Immigrants experience a myriad of pressures in accessing resources and negotiating culture that other city populations typically do not experience. At the same time, immigrants report use of unique protective factors, or behaviors and conditions that shelter them from prejudice, aggression, and discrimination even though these factors may have other less desirable consequences. Specifically, in terms of major protective strategies, two general theses that can be seen as complementary or even contradictory suggest that: a) ethnic enclaves or ethnically homogenous social groups who live near one another protect immigrants from a measure of discrimination by virtue of their proximity to one another (Perez, Fortuna, and Alegria, 2008; Zhou and Logan, 1989); and, b) greater intergroup interactions may reduce prejudice and discrimination experiences in part by providing people with the skills, relationships, and resources to avoid or effectively deal with prejudice and discrimination (Mesch 2002).

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Language: English
Date: 2011
immigrant populations, social capital, prejudice, discrimination, minorities, Greensboro, North Carolina

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