Multiculturalism and Muslim Accommodation: What Reaction Among the Mainstream?

Paper presented at "Causes and Consequences of Immigration and Citizenship Policies" conference, WZB, Berlin, June 27, 2014.

American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper No. 2015-004

20 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2015

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Matthew Wright

American University; American University - School of Public Affairs

Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Jack Citrin

University of California, Berkeley

Richard Johnston

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Political Science

Date Written: June 27, 2014

Abstract

This paper assesses the apparent effect of political multiculturalism on tolerance of Muslim accommodation among native-born majority members. We do so by examining responses to a pair of survey experiments embedded in surveys conducted in Canada and the United States. Our unique contributions to the empirical literature on this topic are as follows: first, we move the focus away from general attitudes about immigration and diversity, and put it squarely on the most contentious issue: religion and religious accommodation; second, and beyond highlighting religion per se, we employ novel survey experiments to disentangle the issue of Muslim exceptionalism from other conflating factors including religious conservatism, socio-economic status, and race. In general, we find little in the way of policy effects, and substantially less tolerance of Muslim accommodation than for similar demands made by other religious groups.

Keywords: public opinion, multiculturalism, muslims, islam, ethnocentrism

Suggested Citation

Wright, Matthew and Soroka, Stuart N. and Citrin, Jack and Johnston, Richard, Multiculturalism and Muslim Accommodation: What Reaction Among the Mainstream? (June 27, 2014). Paper presented at "Causes and Consequences of Immigration and Citizenship Policies" conference, WZB, Berlin, June 27, 2014.; American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper No. 2015-004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2570827 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2570827

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Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts ( email )

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Jack Citrin

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Richard Johnston

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Political Science ( email )

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