"Contact theory represents psychology’s most important and enduring contribution to improving intergroup relations. Tom Pettigrew and Linda Tropp apply their vast knowledge and penetrating theoretical insights to synthesize the literature to create the definitive volume on this topic. When Groups Meet reviews the origins of the theory, presents a deep analysis of the current state of work on the theory, and offers a thoughtful appraisal of emerging scholarly directions. Readers, whether those new to this topic or those already working in this area, will especially benefit from these experts’ ideas about the future of contact theory and its implications for research and practical interventions." - John F. Dovidio, Yale University
"When Groups Meet is a remarkable achievement, essential reading for those who want to understand the potential of contact between members of different groups to shape outcomes from prejudice to policy preferences. It is sure to be a landmark in the field." - Janet Ward Schofield, University of Pittsburgh, Author of Black and White in School: Trust, Tension, or Tolerance?
"This book is an intellectual tour de force. I thought I knew the contact literature pretty well, but I found I learned something from just about every chapter. It uses a nice mix of systematic and narrative reviews of empirical work, blended with a well-judged focus on certain key studies. The combination makes a powerful argument for contact and an effective rebuttal to some of contact theory’s critics. I am full of admiration for the authors for the skill and erudition that they have brought to bear on this work." - Rupert Brown, University of Sussex, UK, Author of Prejudice: Its Social Psychology