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When “Scurry” vs. “Hurry” Makes the Difference: Vermin Metaphors, Disgust, and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes

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Could using “scurrying” over “hurrying” when describing immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border shape immigration policy support? In three studies, we present evidence that language used to describe immigrants in American news media could play a role in the link between disgust and anti-immigrant attitudes. The first study demonstrates that current narratives that describe unauthorized immigrants to the United States use subtle metaphors that activate thoughts of vermin. The second study shows that when these vermin metaphors are present in a news article about immigrants, participants show more disgust the more they identify as American. The third study displays a similar pattern: when vermin metaphors are present in an article describing immigrants participants are more likely to support stringent immigration policies the more they identify as American. These effects are above and beyond effects of political ideology. This research shows the power of language, even when subtle, in shaping intergroup attitudes and support for government policies.

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metaphor, immigration, disgust, American identity
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Name: Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology
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Marshall, Shantal. "When “Scurry” vs. “Hurry” Makes the Difference: Vermin Metaphors, Disgust, and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy, Jul 04, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p728570_index.html>

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Marshall, S. , 2014-07-04 "When “Scurry” vs. “Hurry” Makes the Difference: Vermin Metaphors, Disgust, and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p728570_index.html

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Abstract: Could using “scurrying” over “hurrying” when describing immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border shape immigration policy support? In three studies, we present evidence that language used to describe immigrants in American news media could play a role in the link between disgust and anti-immigrant attitudes. The first study demonstrates that current narratives that describe unauthorized immigrants to the United States use subtle metaphors that activate thoughts of vermin. The second study shows that when these vermin metaphors are present in a news article about immigrants, participants show more disgust the more they identify as American. The third study displays a similar pattern: when vermin metaphors are present in an article describing immigrants participants are more likely to support stringent immigration policies the more they identify as American. These effects are above and beyond effects of political ideology. This research shows the power of language, even when subtle, in shaping intergroup attitudes and support for government policies.


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