Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!
“No one who reads Jane Austen’s words with any attention and reflection can possibly be alt-right,” Elaine Bander, a retired professor and a former officer of the Jane Austen Society of North America, said in an email.Indeed.
“All the Janeites I know,” she added, “are rational, compassionate, liberal-minded people.”
“Her characters are white, and her world is white,” she said. “What do you do with that?”
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These interviews pointed toward something called intergroup contact theory. When people have direct contact with members of a particular ethnic or national group, studies find, they tend to become more tolerant of the group as a whole.The diverse areas don't vote for the right because they've been replaced by foreigners.
This suggests that regular contact with immigrants reduces support for right-wing populist parties by removing the sense of fear that fuels them.
Social scientists call this the “halo effect”: a phenomenon, repeated across Europe, in which people are most likely to vote for far-right politicians if they live close to diverse areas, but not actually within them.