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THE CONTACT HYPOTHESIS IN URBAN CHINA: THE PERSPECTIVE OF MINORITY-STATUS MIGRANT WORKERS

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Russell Smyth, Professor, Department of Economics, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia. E-mail: russell.smyth@monash.edu.au.

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ABSTRACT: This study is the first to test Allport's (1954) contact hypothesis from the perspective of a minority group in China. Employing a sample of off-farm migrant workers in urban China, results indicate a positive effect on self-reported attitudes of intergroup friendship contact between migrant and local workers; and positive effects on self-reported behavioral interaction between migrants and urban locals of both intergroup friendship and intergroup nonfriendship contact.

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