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Religion Seminar: 2019 Christchurch Mosque Attacks – Prof Joseph Bulbulia

Transformation and transferral of acceptance following the 2019 Christchurch New Zealand mosque attacks

Presented by Professor Joseph Bulbulia (School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington/Te Herenga Waka), on behalf of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study.

We systematically quantify prejudice before and after the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks in a nationally diverse longitudinal sample of New Zealanders (N = 11,272). We find that after the attacks, acceptance of Muslims strongly increased. Encouragingly, acceptance also grew for Asian ethnic groups. Notably, prejudice for non-Muslim and non-Asian targets, such as the elderly and overweight people, remained constant. This pattern indicates the growth of Muslim acceptance and its transferral to Asians is a response specific to domestic terrorism.

Thus, although the attacks were perpetrated to incite a race war, their immediate effects were to forge tolerance. Worryingly, however, the growth and spread of tolerance may be waning.

Date Friday, 11 June 2021
Time 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Audience Public,All University,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentReligious Studies
LocationBlue Lecture Theatre (School of Dentistry), 310 Great King Street, Dunedin.
Contact NameDeane Galbraith
Contact Phone+64 21 236 6294

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