The new "new racism" thesis: limited government values and race-conscious policy attitudes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Some contend that Whites’ application of values to form opinions about race-conscious policy may constitute a subtle form of racism. Others challenge the new racism thesis, suggesting that racism and values are exclusive in their influence. Proponents of the thesis assert that many Whites’ attitudes about such policy are structured by a mix of racism and American individualism. The author suggests that an even more subtle form of racism may exist. Racism may actually be expressed in opposition to big government. The test results presented here indicate that the effects of limited-government values on attitudes about race-conscious policy are conditional on levels of racial prejudice for many Whites, whereas the effects on racially ambiguous social welfare policy attitudes are not. The author contends that these results provide support to the argument that racism still exists and has found a new subtle expression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gainous, J

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 273

PubMed ID

  • 22536624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9347

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0021934711417436


  • eng