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Life on the Ocean Wave: Testing Some Intergroup Hypotheses in a Naturalistic Setting

By Rupert Brown, Pam Maras, Barbara Masser, James Vivian and Miles Hewstone


A survey (N= 352) was conducted among British passengers of a cross-channel ferry. The survey aimed to test hypotheses drawn from Realistic Group Conflict, Social Identity and Contact theories using mainly a correlational design. However, an intervention by members of the outgroup (French fishermen blockading a port) also allowed a quasi-experimental test of the effects of a direct experience of intergroup conflict. Results supported the hypotheses since conflict and national identification were associated with more negative and with less positive attitudes toward the outgroup, while contact had the reverse effects. In addition, the salience of group membership in the contact relationship weakly moderated the effect of contact

Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1368430201004002001
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