Is There Any Difference in Tolerance?
This chapter presents the findings from the quantitative and qualitative data collection on students’ attitudes on tolerance. Drawing on Walzer’s classification of tolerance, the chapter distinguishes between passive tolerance, which is understood as an attitude of inaction and indifference that does not go beyond the granting of rights, and active tolerance, which is about actively engaging with another group and recognising and endorsing that group’s culture. No differences are found between the students in the faith and non-faith schools in either passive or active tolerance. Differences are found between the individual schools, however, with the MI school students showing less tolerance, and in some cases intolerance, of dissent and diversity when beliefs, behaviours or lifestyles contravene religious beliefs and teachings.
KeywordsYouth attitudes Tolerance Homosexuals Religious groups Ethnic minorities Faith schools Besieged identity Perceived threat Islamophobia
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