Contact between social groups reduces prejudice and stereotyping - sometimes, depending on the nature of the contact and the setting. Voluntary association settings have been little explored. though they should often meet the contact hypothesis scope conditions. We analyze a large association in which the conditions can be checked unusually thoroughly and the conditions are met. We also use unusually refined measures of contact (derived from network analysis) and of age and gender stereotyping (derived from work on belief systems) and detailed hypotheses (derived from social cognition theory). No form of contact reduces stereotyping. Greater involvement in the subculture actually increases stereotyping. We argue that attention is a function of rank, so that our respondents notice the inequality of a tiny elite and ignore the equality of the far larger majority. These show results that the cognitive approach to social stereotyping should be combined with work on social structure and its implications for contact, inequality and attention.

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Keywords Contact, Inequality, Social Networks, Stereotypes
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Journal Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique
Erickson, B.H. (Bonnie H.), & Nosanchuk, T.A. (1998). Contact and stereotyping in a voluntary association. Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 60(1), 5–33. doi:10.1177/075910639806000101