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Implicit Prejudice and Ethnic Minorities:  Arab-Muslims in Sweden
University of Kalmar, Baltic Business School.
University of Kalmar, Baltic Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6134-0058
2009 (English)In: International journal of manpower, ISSN 0143-7720, E-ISSN 1758-6577, Vol. 30, no 1/2, p. 43-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to examine whether Swedish employers implicitly/automatically hold negative attitudes toward Arab-Muslims, an ethnic minority group subjected to substantial labor market discrimination in Sweden and, more specifically, associate members of this minority group with lower work productivity, as compared with native Swedes.

Design/methodology/approach – Adapted versions of the Implicit Association Test (IAT; Greenwaldet al., 1998) designed to measure implicit attitudes and productivity stereotypes toward Arab-Muslims were used. Corresponding explicit measures were administered.

Findings – The results clearly show that employers have stronger negative implicit attitudes toward Arab-Muslims relative to native Swedes as well as implicitly perceiving Arab-Muslims to be less productive than native Swedes. Notably, the explicit measures reveal much weaker negative associations.

Practical implications – Since Arab-Muslims are automatically perceived as being less productive, the present findings suggest that negative implicit productivity stereotypes could have significant effects on labor market outcomes, such as when employers make hiring decisions. Given that many hiring decisions are presumably based on “gut-feelings”, implicit attitudes and stereotypes, more so than their explicit counterparts, may exert a substantial impact on how employers contemplate and make decisions regarding human resources.

Originality/value – Whereas traditional research has focused on self-conscious, explicit work-related attitudes toward various ethnic minority groups, the study offers a novel approach to understanding work-related prejudice

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited , 2009. Vol. 30, no 1/2, p. 43-55
Keywords [en]
Discrimination in employment, Employers, Ethnic minorities, Islam, Racial discrimination, Sweden
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1975DOI: 10.1108/01437720910948384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-1975DiVA, id: diva2:309023
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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