Recent migrations of East European Roma have exacerbated the currently widespread phenomenon of antiziganism in Europe but there are cultural, social, political and historical factors in the various European countries that may affect reactions to Roma in diverse ways. This study aims to compare the attitudes of two groups of 198 young Italian and French people towards Romanian Roma. Stereotypical representations, affective reactions and levels of cognitive and affective ambivalence were assessed. The results showed a univalent prejudice even if the attitudes of the Italian participants were more unfavorable than those expressed by their French peers (F(196) = 1.019, p = .006). From the data emerged a common stereotypical image of the outgroup but different intensities in the affective variables assessed. Italian and French participants were cognitively but not affectively ambivalent towards the Romanian Roma and the difference between the two levels of cognitive ambivalence was not significant (t(195) = .493, p = ns). Potential contextual factors are hypothesized as the origin of the differences in the intensities of Italian and French participants’ feelings towards the Romanian Roma.

Attitudinal ambivalence towards the Romanian Roma: a comparison between Italian and French students

Anna Maria Meneghini
;
Francesco Fattori;
2021

Abstract

Recent migrations of East European Roma have exacerbated the currently widespread phenomenon of antiziganism in Europe but there are cultural, social, political and historical factors in the various European countries that may affect reactions to Roma in diverse ways. This study aims to compare the attitudes of two groups of 198 young Italian and French people towards Romanian Roma. Stereotypical representations, affective reactions and levels of cognitive and affective ambivalence were assessed. The results showed a univalent prejudice even if the attitudes of the Italian participants were more unfavorable than those expressed by their French peers (F(196) = 1.019, p = .006). From the data emerged a common stereotypical image of the outgroup but different intensities in the affective variables assessed. Italian and French participants were cognitively but not affectively ambivalent towards the Romanian Roma and the difference between the two levels of cognitive ambivalence was not significant (t(195) = .493, p = ns). Potential contextual factors are hypothesized as the origin of the differences in the intensities of Italian and French participants’ feelings towards the Romanian Roma.
Gypsies; Romanian Roma; stereotype; intergroup emotion; attitudinal ambivalence
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