When my friend's friend is a police officer: Extended contact, crossed-categorisation, and public-police relations of black and white people

Eller, Anja and Abrams, Dominic and Viki, G. Tendayi and Imara, Dionne (2007) When my friend's friend is a police officer: Extended contact, crossed-categorisation, and public-police relations of black and white people. South African Journal of Psychology, 37 (4). pp. 783-802. ISSN 0081-2463 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Crossed-categorisation and extended contact are two different bases for improving intergroup relations. Crossed-categorisation refers to the crossing of two dichotomous social dimensions, resulting in four groups (double ingroup, double outgroup, and two mixed groups). The extended contact hypothesis proposes that knowledge about ingroup-outgroup friendships can lead to more positive intergroup attitudes. The present research combined extended contact and crossed-categorisation to test whether black and white university students' view of the police, perceived racism of police, desired closeness to police, and willingness to join police were improved through extended contact with a black (or white) police officer via a black (or white) acquaintance (four possibilities). Double-outgroup extended contact for both white and black participants, and mixed-group extended contact for whites (showing a social exclusion pattern), were associated with worse public-police relations. In contrast, double-ingroup extended contact for whites, and mixed-group extended contact for blacks (showing a social inclusion pattern) were associated with improved relations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: contact hypothesis; crossed-categorisation; extended contact; race differences; public-police relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 08:15
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2757 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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