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Imagined contact with atypical outgroup members that are anti-normative within their group can reduce prejudice

Yetkili, Orkun, Abrams, Dominic, Travaglino, Giovanni A., Giner-Sorolla, Roger (2018) Imagined contact with atypical outgroup members that are anti-normative within their group can reduce prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76 . pp. 208-219. ISSN 0022-1031. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2018.02.004) (KAR id:66375)

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Can imagining contact with anti-normative outgroup members be an effective tool for improving intergroup relations? Extant theories predict greatest prejudice reduction following contact with typical outgroup members. In contrast, using subjective group dynamics theory, we predicted that imagining contact with anti-normative outgroup members canpromote positive intergroup attitudes because these atypical members potentially reduce intergroup threat and reinforce ingroup norms. In Study 1 (N = 79) when contact was imagined with an anti-normative rather than a normative outgroup member, that member was viewed as less typical and the contact was less threatening. Studies 2 (N = 47) and 3 (N = 180), employed differing methods, measures and target groups, and controlled for the effects of direct contact. Both studies showed that imagined contact with anti-normative outgroup members promoted positive attitudes to the outgroup, relative both to a no contact control condition and (in Study 3) to a condition involving imagined contact with an ingroup antinormative member. Overall, this research offers new practical and theoretical approaches to prejudice reduction.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.02.004
Uncontrolled keywords: Intergroup contact, Deviance, Typicality, Subjective group dynamics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Studies of Group Processes
Depositing User: Emily Fell
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 08:37 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:53 UTC
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