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dc.contributor.advisorVandiver, Donna M.
dc.contributor.authorAllen, Ashley L. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-17T17:42:35Z
dc.date.available2012-07-17T17:42:35Z
dc.date.issued2012-08
dc.identifier.citationAllen, A. L. (2012). Legal and illegal immigration attitudes: An examination of Contact Theory and Group Threat Theory (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4240
dc.description.abstractThis research involves a survey of students at a University in Southwest Texas to identify how contact theory and/or group threat theory explains the presence and/or lack thereof of restrictionist attitudes toward immigration in an academic setting. The focus is on students at a university recently granted Hispanic-serving status, which means at least 25% of the students are Hispanic. This recent change in the academic population is likely to lead to a change in the dynamics of whom students interact with—which is predicted to affect their attitudes towards immigration issues. The results of this study support contact theory by finding that white students who frequently interact with Hispanic students are more likely to have positive feelings toward Hispanics and less restrictionist views toward legal and illegal immigration issues. This study is limited by a short follow-up period and possible biases in the self-reported data.
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dc.format.extent65 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectImmigration
dc.subjectOpinions
dc.subjectGroup threat theory
dc.subjectContact theory
dc.subject.lcshEmigration and immigrationen_US
dc.subject.lcshStereotypes (Social psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshPrejudicesen_US
dc.subject.lcshRacismen_US
dc.titleLegal and Illegal Immigration Attitudes: An Examination of Contact Theory and Group Threat Theory
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCancino, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChamlin, Mitch
thesis.degree.departmentCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.disciplineCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentCriminal Justice and Criminology


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