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Diversity ideologies and intergroup relations: An examination of colorblindness and multiculturalism


Correspondence to: Nalini Ambady, Department of Psychology, Jordan Hall/Building 420, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.



In this review, we highlight the importance of understanding diversity ideologies, or people's beliefs and practices regarding diversity, for social psychological research on intergroup relations. This review focuses on two diversity ideologies, colorblindness and multiculturalism, and their impact on core issues related to intergroup conflict, such as stereotypes, prejudice, attitudes toward inequality, interracial interactions, and disparate outcomes between minority and majority group members. We close by highlighting some of the areas in which future research has the potential to be especially illuminating. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.