Perceptions of discrimination and social contact among Alevis and Sunnis in Turkey: findings from two field studies

Akbaş, Gülçin and Ray-Yol, Elçin and Sümer, Nebi (2022) Perceptions of discrimination and social contact among Alevis and Sunnis in Turkey: findings from two field studies. In: Çakal, Hüseyin and Hüsnü, Shenel, (eds.) Examining Complex Intergroup Relations: Through the Lens of Turkey. Routledge, London, pp. 25-46. ISBN 9781003182436

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Alevism and Sunnism are the two distinct religious sects in Islam. Although both are considered Muslims, they have different beliefs and religious practices. Alevis, as the minority group, face many problems in the religious and political areas, and both groups have different perceptions of intergroup discrimination. Using the premises of Intergroup Contact Theory (Allport, 1954), we examined whether contact between Alevis and Sunnis would predict perceived intergroup discrimination in two field studies conducted in Amasya (N_ Sunni =157, N_ Alevi = 172) and Hatay (N_ Sunni = 83, N_ Alevi = 96). Participants completed measures of quality and quantity of intergroup contact and perceived discrimination. Alevis reported lower contact quantity in Hatay, rated intergroup contact quality less satisfying, and perceived higher discrimination against their ingroup than Sunnis in Amasya and Hatay. In Hatay, Sunnis perceived higher discrimination against Alevis than their group. Finally, the contact quality was significantly associated with lower levels of perceived discrimination. The findings showed that the quality of contact positively influences intergroup relations and that the effect was considerably more substantial for Alevis. The dynamics of contact quality can be used to enhance intergroup relations between Alevis and Sunnis.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alevis and Sunnis, Social Contact, Perceived Discrimination, Amasya, Hatay
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nebi Sümer
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 16:54
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2023 16:41

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