Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social and Political Enquiries, ICISPE 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Religious Diversity and Social Prejudice

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321402,
        author={Turnomo  Rahardjo and Hapsari Dwiningtyas  Sulistyani and Lintang Ratri  Rahmiaji},
        title={Religious Diversity and Social Prejudice},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social and Political Enquiries, ICISPE 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICISPE},
        year={2022},
        month={9},
        keywords={the people development social prejudice religious groups diversity},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321402}
    }
    
  • Turnomo Rahardjo
    Hapsari Dwiningtyas Sulistyani
    Lintang Ratri Rahmiaji
    Year: 2022
    Religious Diversity and Social Prejudice
    ICISPE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321402
Turnomo Rahardjo1,*, Hapsari Dwiningtyas Sulistyani1, Lintang Ratri Rahmiaji1
  • 1: Universitas Diponegoro
*Contact email: turnomorahardjo@gmail.com

Abstract

Society’s diversity, including religious diversity, can be a valuable source of social capital for human development. However, this diversity is often seen from social prejudice point of view. Social prejudice against people of different religions can be a latent danger that can hinder human development. This research looks into how social prejudices against people of different religions arise. The theory applied in this research is Social Prejudice Theory. Prejudice is a negative attitude towards a particular group that is not based on sufficient evidence. In the context of prejudices, negative feelings are expressed through negative labels and superior feelings toward people from different groups. Tensions between religious groups, as well as previous negative interactions, can lead to prejudice. This study used a survey method with 81 respondents. The results showed that 13.6 per cent of respondents spoke negatively towards people of different religions and 9.9 percent of respondents gave negative labels to people of different religions. Because all of the study’s participants are high school students, it means that many of the digital natives still lack religious tolerance literacy. The findings also show that unfavorable social prejudices towards various religious groups still exist. This prejudice demonstrates the importance of human development in the direction of tolerance literacy so that differences can be turned into social capital for human development.