Pollack Peacebuilding by Jeremy Pollack
Kauff, M., Beneda, M., Paolini, S., Bilewicz, M., Kotzur, P., O’Donnell, A. W., Stevenson, C., Wagner, U., & Christ, O. (2020). How do we get people into contact? Predictors of intergroup contact and drivers of contact seeking. Journal of Social Issues, 1-26.
This article evaluates why intergroup contact occurs; while much research is devoted to the benefits of intergroup contact, the authors here decided to look into why some might avoid intergroup contact, and how we might encourage intergroup contact to then reap those benefits.
Kauff et al., in “How do we get people into contact? Predictors of intergroup contact and drivers of contact seeking” (2020), seek to address the following questions:
The authors evaluated and discussed research and studies as they pertain to the field of intergroup contact. They specifically looked at information as it pertained to the micro-level, meso-level, and macro-level, and explored the various factors in each stage. Topics discussed included:
The authors used this research and the various factors and stages to draw conclusions about intergroup contact and not only what its benefits are, but how we can help achieve them.
The authors found that many people tend to avoid intergroup contact despite contact opportunities. Overall, the reasons why one may choose to avoid or instigate intergroup contact varies greatly – a reason to avoid it for one person might be a reason for another person to instigate it. What may help further intergroup contact and the benefits it provides is coordinating contact-based interventions that best help meet an individuals’ needs, finding ways to let people witness intergroup contact and encouraging support within an ingroup for intergroup contact, taking into account the critical components that are necessary for intergroup contact following any intergroup violence and instead looking for common interests/beliefs/etc., implementing social policies that will encourage/promote intergroup contact, and adjusting social norms. There are various other ways that this might also be done, and further research should be done regarding this critical component for intergroup contact in society.
For consultants: It is hard to encourage intergroup contact when someone is not willing to do so, but there are ways to break down these barriers. Finding ways to do this might be critical in addressing regional or longstanding conflicts, and can promote a more peaceful society.
For everyone: It’s natural to want to stay around people who are like you, but there is great value in building relationships with those different from us, or at least learning to understand them. Can you find ways in your own life where you can interact with those different from yourself? The biggest key, to those both in and outside of your groups, is to be kind.
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