Assistant Professor of Sociology, McMaster University
Social policies about lesbian and gay rights have changed dramatically in Belgium, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, and some other countries in recent years -- how has this affected attitudes toward homosexuality? While research has shown that individual characteristics (age, gender, education, etc.) play a key role in shaping attitudes, less is known about the influence of structural factors and national context. Using data on 38 democratic countries from the World Values Survey, Tina Fetner has learned that economic inequality is the strongest predictor of intolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. She will discuss her research findings as well as their important policy implications.
Free and open to the public.
Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Department of Sociology