Intergroup contact and social change: an integrated contact-collective action model

Hässler, Tabea, Uluğ, Özden Melis, Kappmeier, Mariska and Travaglino, Giovanni A (2021) Intergroup contact and social change: an integrated contact-collective action model. Journal of Social Issues, 77 (1). pp. 217-241. ISSN 0022-4537

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Previous research has shown that positive intergroup con-tact among disadvantaged group members may predict a so-called sedative effect according to which positive con-tact is associated with reduced support for social change. Conversely, positive contact is associated with increased support for social change toward equality among advantaged group members. This raises the important question of under which circumstances intergroup contact can encourage support for social change among both disadvantaged and advantaged groups. In this theoretical article, we tackle this question by introducing a new Integrated Contact-Collective Action Model (ICCAM). We first provide an up-to-date review of how intergroup contact may promote or hinder social change for both disadvantaged and advantaged groups. We, then, use ICCAM to examine when the many forms of intergroup contact promote or hinder sup-port for social change, proposing the existence of two different paths for disadvantaged and advantaged group members. Finally, we discuss the implications of the model for social intervention and make policy recommendations stemming from a review of available evidence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Intergroup relations, Social justice, Social movements
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 08:38
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2022 02:00

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