A Systems Analysis of Social Prejudice in Italy
12 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 16, 2019
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
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