Research project This study focuses on explaining why people in different countries are xenophobic to different degrees.
This project focuses on explaining how national and local contexts effects xenophobia. The aim is to study why xenophobia varies amongst individuals in different across countries as well as amongst different individuals in different Swedish municipalities. The knowledge about xenophobia is very good in terms of individual characteristics, psychological predispositions, other attitudes and group belongings, but our knowledge is limited when it comes to contextual circumstances. The latter in spite the fact that there are strong reasons to suspect that those play an important role. In a time when the majority of the European countries are becoming increasingly heterogeneous it becomes even more important to understand, explain and counter effect xenophobia. Data for the analysis comes from different attitudinal datasets like the European Social Survey (ESS), the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP).