Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-3-2016

Keywords

activism, activism, solidarity, ally activism, social identity, advantaged group activists

Abstract

The actions of advantaged group activists (sometimes called “allies”) are admirable, and they likely make meaningful contributions to the movements they support. However, a nuanced understanding of the role of advantaged group allies must also consider the potential challenges of their participation. Both in their everyday lives and during their activist work, advantaged group allies are especially likely to have direct contact with disadvantaged group members. This paper considers when such contact may harm rather than help resistance movements by disadvantaged groups. We also suggest that to avoid these undermining effects, advantaged group allies must effectively communicate support for social change, understand the implications of their own privilege, offer autonomy-oriented support, and resist the urge to increase their own feelings of inclusion by co-opting relevant marginalized social identities.

Comments

23 February 2017: At the time of publication, Sheridan College author Lisa Droogendyk was associated with Simon Fraser University.

Faculty

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

School

School of Social and Life Sciences

Journal

Journal of Social Issues

Version

Post-print

Terms of Use

Terms of Use for Works posted in SOURCE.

Original Publication Citation

Droogendyk, L., Wright, S. C., Louis, W. R., & Lubensky, M. (2016). Acting in solidarity: Cross-group contact between disadvantaged group members and advantaged group allies. Journal of Social Issues, 72(2), 315 - 334. doi:10.1111/josi.12168

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