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Chapter 8

Chapter 8. Beyond Contact: Promoting Social Change and Disability Justice

Historically, prejudice-reduction interventions have failed to evaluate the perspectives of those targeted – members of minority groups (cf. Makas 1988). Furthermore, many interventions detract attention away from group-based disparities or minimize the importance of cultural identities (Wright and Lubensky 2009). Others have been criticized as promoting assimilative forms of inclusion which perpetuate minority disadvantage (Saguy et al. 2009). The final chapter of this volume addresses these limitations and provides an agenda for future research and sustainable social change.

To date, prejudice-reduction programs have not been in the service of challenging intergroup inequalities. Instead, they focus more on increasing interpersonal liking and tolerance. It has been assumed that once advantaged group members change their attitudes, they will stop discriminating and open the doors of opportunity to the passive disadvantaged. … see more

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