The role of labelling bias in the portrayals of acts of 'terrorism': representations of Muslims versus non-Muslims

West, Keon and Lloyd, Joda. 2017. The role of labelling bias in the portrayals of acts of 'terrorism': representations of Muslims versus non-Muslims. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 37(2), pp. 211-222. ISSN 1360-2004 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Several high-profile negative events involving Muslim perpetrators have recently been covered by the media. We investigated whether the same negative actions are more likely to be labeled ‘terrorism’ when they are committed by Muslims than when they are committed by White non-Muslims. In Experiment 1 (n = 60), using a real article about a Muslim perpetrator and a modified version about a non-Muslim perpetrator, we found that participants were more likely to identify a crime as terrorism when it was perpetrated by a Muslim. The label ‘terrorism’ also mediated the effect of Muslim identity on negative judgments of the behavior. In Experiment 2 (n = 60) we replicated the results of Experiment 1 and clarified that the effects persisted when we used a real article about a non-Muslim perpetrator and a modified version about a Muslim perpetrator. We discuss implications for cross-group communication and representations of Muslims in the media.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13602004.2017.1345103

Keywords:

Discrimination, Identity, Intergroup Perception, Stereotypes, Violence

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies
Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
9 July 2017Published
27 May 2017Accepted

Item ID:

26143

Date Deposited:

03 Apr 2019 10:26

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2020 13:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26143

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