Acting in solidarity: cross-group contact between disadvantaged group members and advantaged group allies

Droogendyk, Lisa, Wright, Stephen C., Lubensky, Micah and Louis, Winnifred R. (2016) Acting in solidarity: cross-group contact between disadvantaged group members and advantaged group allies. Journal of Social Issues, 72 2: 315-334. doi:10.1111/josi.12168


Author Droogendyk, Lisa
Wright, Stephen C.
Lubensky, Micah
Louis, Winnifred R.
Title Acting in solidarity: cross-group contact between disadvantaged group members and advantaged group allies
Journal name Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4537
1540-4560
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/josi.12168
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 72
Issue 2
Start page 315
End page 334
Total pages 20
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The actions of advantaged group activists (sometimes called “allies”) are admirable, and they likely make meaningful contributions to the movements they support. However, a nuanced understanding of the role of advantaged group allies must also consider the potential challenges of their participation. Both in their everyday lives and during their activist work, advantaged group allies are especially likely to have direct contact with disadvantaged group members. This article considers when such contact may harm rather than help resistance movements by disadvantaged groups. We also suggest that to avoid these undermining effects, advantaged group allies must effectively communicate support for social change, understand the implications of their own privilege, offer autonomy-oriented support, and resist the urge to increase their own feelings of inclusion by co-opting relevant marginalized social identities.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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