A Systems Analysis of Social Prejudice in Italy

12 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2019

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John R. Evans

Centre for Analysis of Complex Financial Systems

Yifei Li

University of Wollongong - Sydney Business School

Pierangelo Peri

University of Trento

Date Written: July 16, 2019

Abstract

The dynamics of “insider” and “outsider” groups and the social and economic consequences has been of interest to academics for some time. This paper uses a systems methodology to analyse the data from a major study of Italian prejudices to determine if “insider” groups are prejudiced against specific “outsider” groups or prejudiced more generally. The methodology used has the advantage that it is aimed at visually identifying commonality of the characteristics of the insider group being studied, resulting in a richer understanding of the nature of the interrelationships of the insider group. The analysis concludes for the data used there is some evidence of “insiders” being generally prejudiced but it is difficult to identify the group’s characteristics with any precision.

Keywords: Italian social prejudice, cladistics analysis, insiders, outsiders, social analysis, systemic characteristics

JEL Classification: I310

Suggested Citation

Evans, John R. and Li, Yifei and Peri, Pierangelo, A Systems Analysis of Social Prejudice in Italy (July 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3421161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3421161

John R. Evans (Contact Author)

Centre for Analysis of Complex Financial Systems ( email )

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Yifei Li

University of Wollongong - Sydney Business School ( email )

1 Macquarie Place
175 Liverpool Street
Circular Quay, NSW 2000
Australia

Pierangelo Peri

University of Trento

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

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