Keywords

association, racial attitudes, spiritual beliefs, post apartheid South Africa, racism, racial prejudice

Abstract

Previous research has investigated the complex association between religious beliefs and racism. Many studies have found that fundamentalist religious beliefs are positively associated with racial prejudice among European and European American populations. However, few studies have examined whether this association is found in other cultures or whether the association also characterizes spiritual beliefs. Data from 493 South African university students from three racial backgrounds revealed significant differences among the groups. A positive association between fundamentalism and racial prejudice was found among participants, but general spiritual beliefs were negatively associated with racist attitudes. The results emphasize the need to address contextual factors that influence the association between religious beliefs and racism within a given culture.

Original Publication Citation

Smith, T. B., Stones, C. R., Peck, C., & Naidoo, A. V. (2007). The association of racial attitudes and spiritual beliefs in post-apartheid South Africa. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 10, 263-274.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-10-22

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

Share

COinS