Craig Parks Defines Contact Hypothesis

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      [Contact Hypothesis]

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      CRAIG PARKS: The contact hypothesis refers to the ideathat we can reduce prejudice by having members of the in groupexperience more frequent interactions with membersof the out group.And so for example, we could have,if we have an issue of white childrenwho are not very accepting of African American children,

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: contact hypothesis says that what we need to dois have those white kids spend more timewith the African American kids.As they have increased contact with the African American kids,what the white kids will see is that the African American kidsare really just like them, have the same likes,have the same dislikes, have the same abilities,

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: that there's really no differenceother than their ethnic heritage.The contact hypothesis is very popular, has been for decades,underlies things like busing, the busing movementsin the United States to try to better integrate schoolsin the 1970s and the 1980s.

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: It still exists in many forms today.Whether or not it really does workto decrease prejudice and increase acceptanceis still very much an open question.

Craig Parks Defines Contact Hypothesis

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Professor Craig Parks describes contact hypothesis as the idea that you can reduce prejudices by having members of the in group interact more frequently with members of the out group.

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Craig Parks Defines Contact Hypothesis

Professor Craig Parks describes contact hypothesis as the idea that you can reduce prejudices by having members of the in group interact more frequently with members of the out group.

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