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Intergroup Contact and Social Change

Reimer, Nils Karl, Becker, Julia C., Benz, Angelika, Christ, Oliver, Dhont, Kristof, Klocke, Ulrich, Neji, Sybille, Rychlowska, Magdalena, Schmid, Katharina and Hewstone, Miles 2017. Intergroup Contact and Social Change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 43 (1) , pp. 121-136. 10.1177/0146167216676478

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Previous research has shown that (a) positive intergroup contact with an advantaged group can discourage collective action among disadvantaged-group members and (b) positive intergroup contact can encourage advantaged-group members to take action on behalf of disadvantaged outgroups. Two studies investigated the effects of negative as well as positive intergroup contact. Study 1 (n = 482) found that negative but not positive contact with heterosexual people was associated with sexual-minority students’ engagement in collective action (via group identification and perceived discrimination). Among heterosexual students, positive and negative contacts were associated with, respectively, more and less LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) activism. Study 2 (N = 1,469) found that only negative contact (via perceived discrimination) predicted LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) students’ collective action intentions longitudinally while only positive contact predicted heterosexual/cisgender students’ LGBT activism. Implications for the relationship between intergroup contact, collective action, and social change are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0146-1672
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 September 2016
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 02:03

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