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Challenging the stubborn core of opposition to equality: racial contact and policy attitudes

Dixon, John; Durrheim, Kevin; Tredoux, Colin G.; Tropp, Linda R.; Clack, Beverley; Eaton, Liberty and Quayle, Michael (2009). Challenging the stubborn core of opposition to equality: racial contact and policy attitudes. Political Psychology, 31(6) pp. 831–856.

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A Random Digit Dialing survey (n=794) examined the interracial contact experiences and racial attitudes of white South Africans. The survey measured racial attitudes not only in terms of individuals’ prejudice, but also in terms of their perceptions of group threat, perceived injustice, and support for various government policies designed to rectify the legacy of apartheid. The results indicated that the frequency and quality of interracial contact predicted whites’ support for both race compensatory and race preferential policies of redress, and these effects were partly mediated by perceived threat, sense of fairness, and racial prejudice. The research points to a potential rapprochement between the social psychological theories of intergroup contact and group positioning theories derived from the work of Blumer. It also highlights the value of adopting a more expansive and politically nuanced conception of the ‘consequences’ of contact and desegregation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 International Society of Political Psychology
ISSN: 1467-9221
Keywords: prejudice; contact hypothesis; policy attitudes; South Africa
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 30929
Depositing User: John Dixon
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 09:36
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:50
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