Intergroup Contact and Ingroup Reappraisal: Examining the Deprovincialization Thesis
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SourceSocial Psychology Quarterly, 73, 4, (2010), pp. 398-416
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Social Psychology Quarterly
SubjectInequality Cohesion Rationalization; Ongelijkheid Cohesie Rationalisatie
According to the deprovincialization thesis, interethnic contact involves a reappraisal and distancing from the ingroup. Contact can broaden one's horizon by acknowledging and recognizing the value of other cultures and thereby putting the taken-for-granted own cultural standards into perspective. The current research uses data from three surveys to examine the relationship between quantity of outgroup contact and ingroup distance (ingroup identification and ingroup feelings) among native Dutch participants. More positive contact with ethnic outgroups was expected to lead to a higher endorsement of multiculturalism, that, in turn, is related to a stronger distancing from the ingroup. Findings in all three studies support the deprovincialization thesis. In addition, in Study 3, mediation is found independently of outgroup threat. Findings across the three studies confirm the stability of the results and cross-validate the deprovincialization thesis.
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