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The Behavior Genetics of Racial Attitudes and the End of the White Australia Policy

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Critics of behavior genetic models are often made uncomfortable by the seemingly deterministic nature of genetic models. But nothing could be further from the truth. Genetic effects manifest themselves through complex pathways where environmental interactions mediate and moderate gene expression. Also, on a more social scientific note, political scientists often ignore how fluid our constructs of interest are. In one context the underlying drivers of any political attitude or behavior could be completely different from other contexts. Behavior genetic models could help us disentangle the mechanism driving such transformations of political traits. The Australian Migration Act of 1966 was passed to allow increased non-white immigration into Australia marking a substantial shift in what was known as the White Australian Policy. Subsequent legislation in 1973 and 1975 systematically outlawed all racial discrimination. The decade was marked by increased public debate on issues of race and race-related policies. Political attitudes, including several racial attitude items, were collected in 1980 and 1988 from a sample of twins. This study seeks to explore the driving factors of racial attitudes in people who experienced the political transformation that marked the end of the White Australia Policy in different stages of their lives.

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Behavior Genetics, Twin Study, White Australia Policy, Racial Attitudes
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Name: ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting
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Littvay, Levente. and Hatemi, Peter. "The Behavior Genetics of Racial Attitudes and the End of the White Australia Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658206_index.html>

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Littvay, L. and Hatemi, P. , 2013-07-04 "The Behavior Genetics of Racial Attitudes and the End of the White Australia Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658206_index.html

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Abstract: Critics of behavior genetic models are often made uncomfortable by the seemingly deterministic nature of genetic models. But nothing could be further from the truth. Genetic effects manifest themselves through complex pathways where environmental interactions mediate and moderate gene expression. Also, on a more social scientific note, political scientists often ignore how fluid our constructs of interest are. In one context the underlying drivers of any political attitude or behavior could be completely different from other contexts. Behavior genetic models could help us disentangle the mechanism driving such transformations of political traits. The Australian Migration Act of 1966 was passed to allow increased non-white immigration into Australia marking a substantial shift in what was known as the White Australian Policy. Subsequent legislation in 1973 and 1975 systematically outlawed all racial discrimination. The decade was marked by increased public debate on issues of race and race-related policies. Political attitudes, including several racial attitude items, were collected in 1980 and 1988 from a sample of twins. This study seeks to explore the driving factors of racial attitudes in people who experienced the political transformation that marked the end of the White Australia Policy in different stages of their lives.


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