The Irony Of Harmony: Why Positive Interactions May Sometimes Be Negative

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 00:15 in Psychology & Sociology

By recognizing their inequalities, members of disadvantaged groups can mobilize and attempt to bring about social change. However, the results of a new study suggests that positive contact with majority groups may result in disadvantaged groups being less likely to support social change- with improved attitudes towards the advantaged groups and reduced attention to social inequality, the disadvantaged groups may become less motivated to promote change.

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