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Co-ethnic preferences in a cooking game: a study based on Come Dine With Me in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
2013 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356, Vol. 36, no 12, 2220-2236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines ethnic preferences using data from the television cooking show Come Dine With Me in Sweden. Amateur chefs compete by hosting dinner parties. Contestants rate each others performance and the host with the highest ratings wins a cash prize. The show gives an unorthodox opportunity to study ethnic preferences in a high-stakes game environment. The analysis of the collected data shows that native Swedish contestants rate co-ethnic hosts significantly more favourably than they rate other hosts, demonstrating the existence of co-ethnic preferences. This observation seems to be an outcome of own-group favouritism rather than dislike against other groups. Also, the observed co-ethnic preference is assumed to be subtle or non-conscious based on the nature of the analysed data.

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Taylor and Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles , 2013. Vol. 36, no 12, 2220-2236 p.
Keyword [en]
co-ethnic preferences, own-group favouritism, high-stakes game, television show, prejudice, discrimination
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102776DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2012.729671ISI: 000327469100017OAI: diva2:683903
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2013-12-26 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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