Contact Theory in a Small-Town Settler-Colonial Context

  title={Contact Theory in a Small-Town Settler-Colonial Context},
  author={Jeffrey S. Denis},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={218 - 242}
This article builds on group position theory and the subcategorization model of intergroup contact by illustrating how, in a small-town settler-colonial context, contact tends to reproduce, rather than challenge, the inequitable racial structure. In Northwestern Ontario, Indigenous-settler relations are characterized by widespread intergroup marriage and friendship as well as pervasive prejudice and discrimination. Using 18 months of fieldwork and 160 interviews and surveys with First Nations… Expand

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