Intergroup contact and social change: Implications of negative and positive contact for collective action in advantaged and disadvantaged groups

Reimer, Nils Karl, Becker, Julia, Benz, Angelika, Christ, Oliver, Dhont, Kristof, Klocke, Ulrich, Neji, Sybille, Rychlowska, Magdalena, Schmid, Katharina, Hewstone, Miles and others. (2017) Intergroup contact and social change: Implications of negative and positive contact for collective action in advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43 (1). pp. 121-136. ISSN 0146-1672. (doi:10.1177/0146167216676478)

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that (1) positive intergroup contact with an advantaged group can discourage collective action among disadvantaged-group members and (2) 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 contact were associated with, respectively, more and less LGB activism. Study 2 (N = 1,469) found that only negative contact (via perceived discrimination) predicted LGBT 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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0146167216676478
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 08:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58320 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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