9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Strategies Against Racism Building II, C5.09

Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Italy: some reflections on survey data

Recent survey carried on among Italian people show that antisemitism is a feeling shared by the 30% of population. These data are remarkable but they don't confirm more recent surveys led at European level where antisemitism has been estimated between Italian citizens. Moreover, these surveys are not based on structural hypothesis because they only chronicle attitudes. This paper presents the outcomes coming from a CATI survey led among a representative sample of 1800 Italian national people. Our purposes is to show the main results about Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Italy, in particular we should focalize on these following issues:

~ The distribution of anti-Semitism among people and the spread of old and new Anti-Semitism.
~ The distribution of anti-Semitism among left wing people to understand connections with Anti-Sionistic attitudes.
~ The distribution of Anti-Islamism among people and its link with broad form of prejudice.
~ The significance of variables such as anomie, ethnocentrism, authoritariani values as causes of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
~ The connections between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
~ The definition of a structural model able to explain and predict the diffusion of prejudice feelings between people.

Some of reflections will come from a qualitative study among young targeted people such as Arab/Muslim migrants, young Jews and university students.