Intergroup contact: An integration of social psychological and communication perspectives

Jake Harwood, Miles Hewstone, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Nicole Tausch

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This chapter examines the literature on intergroup contact from a communication perspective. The basic idea of intergroup contact theory-that contact between groups reduces prejudice-is presented. Research examining this idea from a communication perspective is described and integrated with the large social-psychological body of work. We focus first on direct, face-to-face contact between members of different groups. We then discuss various forms of indirect contact including vicarious, extended, imagined, and computer-mediated forms of contact. Finally, we present an extended research agenda for the field of communication to contribute to what is fundamentally a communicative event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommunication Yearbook 36
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages48
ISBN (Electronic)9780203113653
ISBN (Print)9780415525480
StatePublished - Oct 2 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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