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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
CampusDunedin
DepartmentReligious Studies
LocationBlue Lecture Theatre (School of Dentistry), 310 Great King Street, Dunedin.
CostFree
Contact NameDeane Galbraith
Contact Phone+64 21 236 6294
Contact Emaildeane.galbraith@yotago.ac.nz
Websitehttps://www.otago.ac.nz/religion/events.html

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