An experimental study of the effect of intergroup contact on attitudes in urban China

Jun Gu, Ingrid Nielsen, Jason Shachat, Russell Smyth, Yujia Peng

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A large body of literature attests to the growing social divide between urban residents and rural–urban migrants in China’s cities. This study uses a randomised experiment to test the effect of intergroup contact on attitudes between a group of urban adolescents and a group of rural–urban migrant adolescents. Results showed that intergroup contact in the form of a fun and cooperative puzzle task significantly reduced negative attitudes toward the other group. Implications for desegregated schooling and their broader societal implications in China are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2991-3006
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Attitudes
  • China
  • Contact Hypothesis
  • Experimental methods
  • Intergroup contact

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