And Just a Little More on Prejudice…

Well, I think that is enough about Elwyn Davies for a little while. Here I would like to follow up on this previous post, which drew on evidence from this year’s Welsh Election Study to examine levels of prejudice and negative attitudes towards various groups in Welsh society.

My PhD student Jac Larner – who writes periodically on the excellent Thinking Wales blog – has looked in a bit more detail at some of the attitudes I found. He investigated whether the broad attitudes that I found across the entire Welsh Election Study sample differed substantially by social categories, such as social class and gender. In fact, the only substantial differences he found on attitudes to most groups were by age, with older age cohorts displaying more negative attitudes to a number of different groups in society.

Unfortunately, owing to technical incompetence on my part, I’ve been unable to put together a series of charts displaying these patterns that you can link to directly here. Instead, I have had to put the series of charts in a PDF file: you can link to that here.

For those groups that attract significant levels of negative attitudes (Gay and Lesbians, Muslims, Trans, Eastern Europeans and Refugees), there is a clear and at times striking tendency for such attitudes to be more prevalent among older age cohorts.



  • Brian Williams

    Roger, rwy’n canmol eich gwaith dadansoddol, ond a fi yw’r unig un i deimlo’n ychydig anghyfforddus ynglŷn â chynnwys rhagfarn at ein hiaith frodorol yng nghatgoriau eich siartiau diweddar?

    • Roger Scully

      Annwyl Brian,

      Diolch am dy geiriau caredig.

      Neb arall wedi dweud mae nhw’n anghyffordus. Dweud y gwir, dwi ddim cweit yn deall pam dylet ti’n teimlo fel hyn. Elli di esbonio?


  • Alwyn ap Huw

    Mae rhagfarn yn erbyn siaradwyr Cymraeg yn bodoli, gan hynny da o beth yw ei mesur er mwyn deallt gwir faint y broblem a faint o ymdrech sydd angen i’w daclo (yr un yn wir, wrth gwrs, am bob ragfarn arall).

  • Brian Williams

    Roger, diolch am dy ymateb prydlon.

    Mae gennyf ferch fabwysiedig sydd yn rhannol o dras Guarani, sef y bobl frodorol Paraguay, ac rwyf wedi bod yn gysylltiedig â’r wlad ers dros 35 o flynyddoedd. Iaith gyntaf ei mam bedydd yw’r iaith Guarani, sydd heddiw, diolch i’r drefn, yn gydradd iaith swyddogol y wlad gyda’r Sbaeneg.

    Dwi wedi ymddiddori yng ngwleidyddiaeth y wlad, ers dyddiau anodd yr unben Alfredo Stroessner, hyd at y ddemocratiaeth cymharol bresennol, ond ni fedraf ddychmygu un o brifysgolion Asunción yn cynnwys ystadegau rhagfarn at yr iaith frodorol ymysg rhagfarnau eraill am fewnfudwyr i’r wlad. Ar wahân, o bosib, ond nid fel rhan o’r un drafodaeth, yn enwedig yn sgil y frwydr dros yr iaith ers dyddiau tywyll cyfnod Stroessner.

    Wrth reswm, yng Nghymru mae ein diwylliant a’n safonau yn wahanol, ond yn fy marn i, mae’r egwyddorion yn union yr un fath.

  • J.Jones

    I do love a graph. Interpretation is not always straight forward however. Firstly, where levels of prejudice are low the differences between age groups is actually small and the bar graph can distort this so you have to keep an eye on the scale to the left. The other thing is that the demographic composition of the various age groups can be different. For instance; at age 20, 93% of the population is White and in that age group and the younger age groups in general, ethnic minorities form a larger part. For people over 55, 99% are white. It’s reasonable to assume that ethnic minorities would be unlikely to be prejudiced against other ethnic minorities and themselves.

  • James Shepherd Foster

    The use of the word ‘cohorts’, without definition is insulting to old people. In terms of social science, it would be quite correct to say, “A cohort of 750 company directors, over 50 years of age, support East European immigration; because it depresses wages, and increases profits, without investment in productivity”. To say, “a cohort of old people oppose East European immigration, because they are racialists”, while still purporting to be social scientists, is offensive.
    The word cohort, in general use, (in Europe), is normally a derogatory term, aimed at a group of acolytes supporting a morally corrupt leader. For example; Speer referred to, “Hitler and his cohorts”, (see “Call from the Cave – our cruel nature and quest for power”, by Jon Huer). In popular fiction, from Dickens thro’ Biggles, Bulldog Drummond, up to the present day, cohort is a common derogatory term, or at best depicts ‘a small insignificant group’.
    Perhaps, as one of your target group, I am being a bit over sensitive, perhaps, I’m tired of the ‘establishment’ trying to explain away their failure to convince older people into endorsing, something they have been preconditioned to opposing. (That is, being a part of a United States of Europe, and joining the Euro).
    If your efforts to discredit older people are by dissemination of how they voted, it might be an idea to examine what they really voted on. As one of those ‘old gits’ who voted in Wales, I have left up my pre-referendum blogs, bad grammar, and desperate, as you may see, at http://www.greenstuffblog.com You may be disappointed at the absence of burning crosses, and Klu Klux Clan endorsements, but that’s probably due to the elderly being idle and shiftless as well.

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