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Lecture 15

SOCIOL 41 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Arthur Schuster, Conservative Coalition


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCIOL 41
Professor
Schuster
Lecture
15

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Sociology 41
Small Group Dynamics - Small Group Behaviors
Professor Schuster
Course Code: 69150
4 Unit Course
Key: Subjects/topics discussed in class
Notes: Lecture 15
***Ending of Intergroup
Intergroup Contact Hypothesis
Intergroup contact hypotheses proposes that increased contact between members
of opposing groups will lessen stereotypes and reduce bias and consequently
lessen antagonism between groups
This hypothesis has proved correct in some situations but not in all
situations
Can reduce conflict
With prolonged personal contact between groups
When contact is status-equal
When contact is institutionally supported
Mediation, Arbitration, and Unilateral Conciliatory Initiatives
Mediator
A third party who serves as a go-between, helps groups to identify
issues and agree on a resolution
Arbitrator
A neutral third party who has the power to decide how a conflict
will be resolved
GRIT
Gradual and reciprocal initiatives in tension reduction
Group Structure and Performance
Group exists for many different purposes
A group adopts a structure in pursuit of it’s goals:
Status structures reflect:
Leadership
Hierarchy
Reward distribution
Group productivity
A group’s output gauged relative to a standard reference
Eg., group target outcome level of resources utilization
A TASK Group is considered:
Highly efficient
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