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Contact, Political Solidarity and Collective Action: An Indian Case Study of Relations between Historically Disadvantaged Communities

Dixon, John; Cakal, Huseyin; Khan, Waheeda; Osmany, Meena; Majumdar, Sramana and Hassan, Mudassir (2017). Contact, Political Solidarity and Collective Action: An Indian Case Study of Relations between Historically Disadvantaged Communities. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27(1) pp. 83–95.

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Research on the contact hypothesis has highlighted the role of contact in improving intergroup relations. Most of this research has addressed the problem of transforming the prejudices of historically advantaged communities, thereby eroding wider patterns of discrimination and inequality. In the present research, drawing on evidence from a cross-sectional survey conducted in New Delhi, we explored an alternative process through which contact may promote social change, namely by fostering political solidarity and empowerment amongst the disadvantaged. The results indicated that Muslim studentsˈ experiences of contact with other disadvantaged communities were associated with their willingness to participate in joint collective action to reduce shared inequalities. This relationship was mediated by perceptions of collective efficacy and shared historical grievances and moderated by positive experiences of contact with the Hindu majority. Implications for recent debates about the relationship between contact and social change are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1099-1298
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetUKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative)
Keywords: contact; prejudice; political solidarity; collective action; social change
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 48453
Depositing User: John Dixon
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 22:08
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