The policy brief Interactive racism on the internet, in the press and in politics (2021:8) summarizes a research project that aims to create an understanding of how contemporary racist and xenophobic ideas are shaped and distributed in Sweden. The project examined how these perceptions are shaped by actors in three social fields; (1) the general public, (2) opinion journalism and (3) politics.

The author of this policy brief is Mattias Ekman, Associate professor of media and communication science at Stockholm University.

The policy brief Polarized democracy. How perceived threats affect xenophobia and tensions between different groups in society (2021:9) is about how perceived threats are related to xenophobia and so-called affective polarization, which can be described as increased psychological distance and tensions between different social groups or political parties. The outset is that perceived threats can increase both xenophobia and affective polarization. To find out whether people who are more likely to perceive threats between groups tend to be more xenophobic, a series of regression analyses were performed with different indicators of xenophobia as outcome variables.

The authors of this policy brief are Emma A. Renström, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, and Hanna Bäck, Professor of Political Science at Lund University.

The policy briefs are only available in Swedish. Please contact Delmi if you are interested in finding out more.

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