Revisiting the Contact Hypothesis: The Case of Public Exposure to Homelessness

  title={Revisiting the Contact Hypothesis: The Case of Public Exposure to Homelessness},
  author={Barrett A. Lee and Chad R. Farrell and Bruce G. Link},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={40 - 63}
Using data from a national survey of public attitudes toward homeless people, this paper evaluates the applicability of the contact hypothesis to in-group/out-group relations that fail to meet the optimal conditions specified in the contact literature. Past efforts are extended by (1) moving beyond face-to-face encounters to consider multiple types of ingroup exposure to a highly stigmatized out-group, (2) examining a variety of attitudinal outcomes, and (3) incorporating community context as a… 

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