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Radical news? Immigrants’ television use, acculturation challenges, and support for terrorism

Schumann, S; Osborne, D; Gill, P; Fell, BF; Hewstone, M; (2020) Radical news? Immigrants’ television use, acculturation challenges, and support for terrorism. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression 10.1080/19434472.2020.1779782. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Previous research shows that acculturation challenges predict immigrants’ support for terrorism. Here, we acknowledge the central role of mass media use in the acculturation process. We investigate whether immigrants who infrequently use ethnic and host country media, a possible indicator or driver of marginalisation, report higher sympathy with terrorism than frequent media users. We further examine if those who prefer ethnic over host country media, which might reflect or facilitate disengagement from the host society, support terrorism more strongly. To address these research questions, we conducted secondary analyses of a public opinion poll of Muslim immigrants resident in the United Kingdom (N = 880). Focusing on immigrants’ use of ethnic and host country television channels, latent class analysis identified four groups: Frequent and Infrequent Media Users as well as Ethnic and Host Country Media Users. Overall sympathy with terrorism was low. Contesting our hypothesis, Frequent Media Users supported terrorist action more than Infrequent Media Users. Ethnic Media Users also expressed higher sympathy with terrorism than Host Country Media Users. Findings emphasise the dynamic interplay between media use and acculturation challenges; they further suggest strategies to reduce immigrants’ support for terrorism.

Type: Article
Title: Radical news? Immigrants’ television use, acculturation challenges, and support for terrorism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2020.1779782
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2020.1779782
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ethnic media, television use, acculturation, immigrants, support for terrorism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104368
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