IPR Seminar Series – Dr. Rene Flores

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Rene Flores
September 13, 2022
12:30PM - 1:30PM
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Virtual

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Add to Calendar 2022-09-13 12:30:00 2022-09-13 13:30:00 IPR Seminar Series – Dr. Rene Flores Who are the “Immigrants”?: How whites’ Diverse Perceptions of Immigrants Shape their Attitudes by René D. Flores (University of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Sociology) and Ariel Azar Past scholars find that there is a public consensus in the U.S. on the traits of ideal immigrants. Nevertheless, is there also a consensus on the perceived traits of actual immigrants living in the U.S.? Further, are these perceptions attitudinally consequential? We inductively assess how whites perceive immigrants in the U.S. We find a mixed consensus on their perceptions of the composition of the immigrant population. Further, we find that the immigrant traits they perceive are correlated in their minds in specific stereotypical patterns that we label “immigrant archetypes.” Using Latent Class Analysis, we find five archetypes. Two of them are extreme — one represents a low status, undocumented Latino man, which is associated with the most restrictionist immigration views. The other extreme represents a higher status, documented non-Latino immigrant, which is associated with the most positive immigration attitudes. Archetypes do not seem entirely rooted in objective reality and are stronger predictors of immigration attitudes than most other independent variables. Their existence has significant implications for public opinion dynamics. When researchers, politicians or journalists reference a single immigrant trait, they may knowingly or unknowingly conjure up entire archetypes in people’s minds. Register now The City of Columbus and Franklin County are currently recommending masking indoors after the CDC upgraded the county to a “high” COVID-19 community level. IPR strongly encourages masks at all events. Virtual College of Arts and Sciences asccomm@osu.edu America/New_York public
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Who are the “Immigrants”?: How whites’ Diverse Perceptions of Immigrants Shape their Attitudes
by René D. Flores (University of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Sociology) and Ariel Azar

Past scholars find that there is a public consensus in the U.S. on the traits of ideal immigrants. Nevertheless, is there also a consensus on the perceived traits of actual immigrants living in the U.S.? Further, are these perceptions attitudinally consequential? We inductively assess how whites perceive immigrants in the U.S. We find a mixed consensus on their perceptions of the composition of the immigrant population. Further, we find that the immigrant traits they perceive are correlated in their minds in specific stereotypical patterns that we label “immigrant archetypes.” Using Latent Class Analysis, we find five archetypes. Two of them are extreme — one represents a low status, undocumented Latino man, which is associated with the most restrictionist immigration views. The other extreme represents a higher status, documented non-Latino immigrant, which is associated with the most positive immigration attitudes. Archetypes do not seem entirely rooted in objective reality and are stronger predictors of immigration attitudes than most other independent variables. Their existence has significant implications for public opinion dynamics. When researchers, politicians or journalists reference a single immigrant trait, they may knowingly or unknowingly conjure up entire archetypes in people’s minds.

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The City of Columbus and Franklin County are currently recommending masking indoors after the CDC upgraded the county to a “high” COVID-19 community level. IPR strongly encourages masks at all events.

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