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date: 21 November 2019

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Allies are individuals who espouse egalitarian ideals and who are motivated not only to avoid responding with prejudice themselves but also to confront others’ prejudicial remarks and discriminatory behavior and to be a source of support for targets of discrimination. This chapter discusses the role that allies can play in the reduction of employment discrimination, with particular emphasis on self-regulation strategies that enable allies to recognize and regulate their own biases, confrontation strategies to point out and convey disapproval of others’ biases, and social strategies that help allies be more supportive and understanding of the discrimination targets face. The chapter summarizes theory and empirical findings regarding these strategies and offers practical suggestions for increasing the likelihood and effectiveness of these prejudice-reduction tools as well as future directions for researchers. By being more than passive egalitarians, allies can be key parts of the solution to this organizational and societal problem.

Keywords: self-regulation, prejudice, confrontation, discrimination, reduction, intergroup relations, allies

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