Indirect contact and prejudice reduction: limits and possibilities

Rupert Brown, Jenny Paterson

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Abstract

Here we review recent developments in the field of indirect intergroup contact, an extension of the classic Contact Hypothesis. Three forms of indirect contact are assessed: extended, vicarious and imagined. The strengths and limitations of each are evaluated. Although not as potent as direct contact, indirect forms of contact generally offer a more diverse set of practical solutions for reducing prejudice, especially in challenging contexts where direct contact may be infrequent or impossible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2016

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