Urban space and social cognition: The effect of urban space on intergroup perceptions

Kim Knipprath*, Ismintha Waldring, Maurice Crul, Xuechunzi Bai

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Cities and neighborhoods are key sites of migration-related diversity. Differences in lifestyle, class, ethnicity, or religion become visible in urban spaces, such as neighborhood bars, shops, or cafes. This article applies a social cognitive approach to explore how urban spaces shape the relationship between ethnic encounters and intergroup perceptions. Theoretical work on urbanism suggests that public and private spaces have different effects on people’s perceptions of group interdependence and relative group status. This article contributes to the ongoing debate between conflict and contact schools of thought by defining how contextual conditions promote ethnic diversity’s positive or negative effects on intergroup perceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-206
Number of pages15
JournalThe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • urban space, city, intergroup perceptions, stereotype content, migration, social cognition


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