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Dixon et al. overlook the fact that contact predicts not only favorable out-group attitudes/evaluations, but also cognitions, affect, and behavior. The weight of evidence supporting the benefits of intergroup contact cautions against throwing the (contact) baby out with the bathwater. The goal to "ignite struggles" in pursuit of social equality, we argue, incautiously risks hurling us down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X12001239

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Brain Sci

Publication Date

12/2012

Volume

35

Pages

436 - 437

Keywords

Group Processes, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Prejudice, Social Identification