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Cross-National Public Opinion about HomosexualityExamining Attitudes across the Globe$
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Amy Adamczyk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288751

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288751.001.0001

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Shaping Attitudes in Protestant Nations

Shaping Attitudes in Protestant Nations

A Comparison of the United States, Uganda, and South Africa

(p.71) Chapter 3 Shaping Attitudes in Protestant Nations
Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality

Amy Adamczyk

University of California Press

Having presented the major factors that are most likely to shape cross-national public opinion, this chapter is the first of three to take a comparative case-study approach to investigating how the specific cultural and historical processes, along with these other macro-forces, are likely to shape attitudes. The three case-study nations are the United States, Uganda, and South Africa, all of which have relatively high levels of religious belief and include a mixture of different Christian and Protestant faiths. They differ in their level of economic development, their strength of democracy, and the extent to which they support homosexuality. In addition to other data sources, this chapter presents the findings from an original content analysis of almost four hundred newspaper articles. While religion, democracy, and economic development are important, the processes through which they have an effect are subject to the unique historical (i.e., apartheid) and cultural (i.e., feelings of Western infringement) contexts of these nations.

Keywords:   Protestant, Uganda, United States, South Africa, newspaper articles

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