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“We see a clear association across 27 countries. The greater the societal inequality is, the greater is the average social dominance orientation (SDO) among members of the dominant group in the country," says first-author Jonas Kunst.
“What we see is a self-fulfilling process where greater societal inequality motivates the group at the top to use even violent means to maintain such inequality. This, in turn, may lead to even more inequality and even extremist violence. This results in a vicious circle,” says the senior author of the study, Lotte Thomsen.

2017.05.08 | Research news

The Vicious Circle of Inequality

Large study across 27 countries and 30 US states demonstrates the association between unequal and unstable societies and their populations’ motives for social dominance. Ethnic persecution of immigrants, sexism, racism and corruption are some of the many negative consequences.

The Department of Business Development and Technology. Photo: AU Foto

2017.05.08 | Education news

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) (Financial Counselling) is moving to Herning

It was a specific suggestion from an employer panel of moving the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) (Financial Counselling) from Aarhus to Herning that got the Director of Studies at BTECH Jan Laursen and Vice-dean Peder Østergaard thinking back in the fall of 2016. The suggestion has now resulted in the decision to offer the…

Immigrants are not a source of infection. It is on the subconscious level that the immune system misinterprets differences as a potential sign of infection—the consequence being that hypersensitive individuals avoid interaction with immigrants. Photo: Shutterstock
The graph shows the effects of disgust sensitivity on contact with immigrants compared to political ideology, income and education.

2017.05.04 | Research news

The immune system may explain skepticism towards immigrants

There is a strong correlation between our fear of infection and our skepticism towards immigrants. New cross-national research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why political discussions of immigration are so heated and why integration often fails.

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