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Intergroup conflict and the media : an experimental study of Greek students after the 2008 riots

Hugh-Jones, David and Katsanidou, Alexia and Riener, Gerhard (2011) 'Intergroup conflict and the media : an experimental study of Greek students after the 2008 riots.' International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol.5 (No.2). pp. 325-344. ISSN 1864-1385


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We report a laboratory experiment in the context of the December 2008 riots in Greece, after the killing of a 15-year-old student by a policeman. Our sample comprised 266 students from the University of Thessaloniki. We tested whether media reports can affect people’s willingness to harm those in opposing groups by examining the way students allocated money between themselves and others of various professions, including police, in modified dictator games. Exposure to media reports decreased giving to police, but only when choices were private. Laboratory behaviour was correlated with self-reported participation in demonstrations, supporting the external validity of our measure. Media exposure appears to have affected behaviour by different pathways than those proposed in the existing literature, including "spiral of silence" and "frame alignment" theories.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 May 2012 11:56
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2013 14:22

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