This research was funded by grants awarded to the first author by the ESRC in the United Kingdom (RES-000-22-1750) and to the second author by the NRF in South Africa.
A Paradox of Integration? Interracial Contact, Prejudice Reduction, and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 66, Issue 2, pages 401–416, June 2010
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Dixon, J., Durrheim, K., Tredoux, C., Tropp, L., Clack, B. and Eaton, L. (2010), A Paradox of Integration? Interracial Contact, Prejudice Reduction, and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination. Journal of Social Issues, 66: 401–416. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2010.01652.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2010
A random digit dialing survey (N = 596) investigated the relationship between quantity and quality of interracial contact and Black South Africans’ perceptions of racial discrimination in postapartheid society. Results showed that harmonious contact was associated with lower levels of perceived collective discrimination, an effect that was mediated by racial attitudes and personal experiences of racial discrimination. The implications of the survey's findings are discussed in relation to two models of social change in social psychology (cf. Wright & Lubensky, 2008): a model of change grounded in the rehabilitation of the prejudiced individual and a model of social change grounded in collective awareness of, and resistance to, systemic inequality.