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You Had to Be There: Extending Intergroup Contact Theory to Positive Contexts through a Participant-Centered Analysis of Fans’ Experiences at the Olympics

Abstract This dissertation investigated positive intergroup contact and communication in the experiences of fans at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Guided by concepts from Intergroup Contact Theory (ICT), formerly Allport’s (1954) Contact Hypothesis, I asked fans to identify and discuss factors that were relevant to their experiences at the event. These factors are reported in previous literature to foster positive intergroup relations. The fan participants also provided detailed, experience-based rationales for why and how the factors supported each other and created individual models of their experiences of ICT at the Olympics. The study relied on participant-centered, in-depth qualitative interviews using Interpretive Structur... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Brenneman, Luke (Author) / Alberts, Janet (Advisor) / Broome, Benjamin (Advisor) / Chatziefstathiou, Dikaia (Committee member) / Martin, Judith (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Social psychology / Sports management / Intercultural communication / Intergroup Contact Theory / Intergroup relations / Interpretive Structural Modeling / Olympics / Sports fans
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 355 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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