An attack against us all?

Autor(en)
Helena Knupfer, Jörg Matthes
Abstrakt

Right-wing terrorism (RWT) poses an increasing threat to Western societies, with perpetrators targeting diverse members of society. We investigated the affective and attitudinal outcomes of exposure to news about RWT, depending on the victims’ religious affiliation (Christian vs. Muslim). Results of a quota-based experiment in [Austria; predominantly non-Muslim] (N = 315) revealed no direct effects of the victims’ religious affiliation on affective and attitudinal outcomes. However, mediation analyses suggest that, compared to Muslim victims, Christian victims elicit higher perceived similarity, which in turn, impacts compassion. Similarity and compassion then significantly predict affective and attitudinal outcomes. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Journal
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2021.1923623
Publikationsdatum
06-2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft, 508014 Publizistik
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science, Safety Research
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/an-attack-against-us-all(023d2c71-9f71-4553-a9e3-53be2ce621b7).html