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Societies 2018, 8(3), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030082

The Effects of Perceived Neighborhood Diversity on Preferences for Redistribution: A Pilot Study

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Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Psychology, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY 10577, USA
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Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Attitudes about Inequalities)
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Abstract

A substantial literature exists within sociology and political science positing a negative link between racial/ethnic heterogeneity and a host of social goods issues. Recent large-scale meta-analyses, however, have established that the effect of racial/ethnic heterogeneity on social policy attitudes may be more salient at the local or even neighborhood level. In extending this work, we examined how racial/ethnic heterogeneity affects attitudes about redistribution within one of the most diverse and ethnically heterogeneous cities in the world, New York City. Specifically, we assessed the effects of perceived neighborhood racial/ethnic heterogeneity on preferences for redistribution and social policies among members of majority and minority groups. A diverse sample of New York City residents recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) responded to a series of questions regarding their perceptions of the diversity of their neighborhood before indicating their social policy preferences. We found that neighborhood racial/ethnic heterogeneity was associated with greater support for redistribution and social policies. The only evidence of a negative association with support for redistribution or social policies was for black and white respondents living in majority white neighborhoods. Together, these data suggest that perceptions of racial/ethnic heterogeneity on redistributive and social policy attitudes may be a function of one’s group status. Implications for the existing research are discussed. In particular, we believe this work offers new insights into the relationship between racial/ethnic heterogeneity and social policy preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: social policy preferences; diversity; racial/ethnic heterogeneity; neighborhood effects; preferences for redistribution social policy preferences; diversity; racial/ethnic heterogeneity; neighborhood effects; preferences for redistribution
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