Hoffman, T., Metivier, J., Turner, R., Elliot, A., Wong, T., Dennis, C., Ives, N., Vivian, J., Newton, R. & Osherson, S.
How much does variation in social demographic variables influence
attitudes towards social justice? The Fielding website states that
students should be committed to social justice. Our survey of almost 200
Fielding students indicates, in fact, a very high commitment to social
justice, although attitudes vary according to demographic variables.
We found significant differences in ethnicity, gender, and income, indicating that African American Fielding students report greater commitment to social justice action than Caucasian students. Research also indicated that the African American sample was more traditional and more conservative in their political attitudes than Caucasians. Similarly, African American female Fielding students were more committed to social justice than all other groups. Differences among ethnicities in attitudes toward social justice were unconnected to income. However, there was a small but significant inverse correlation between income and commitment to social justice.
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