Understanding allies’ participation in social change: A multiple perspectives approach

Maja Kutlaca*, Helena R.M. Radke, Aarti Iyer, Julia C. Becker

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The introduction to the EJSP special issue brings together recent literature on allyship. We present and discuss different definitions of allyship and highlight a multiple perspectives approach to understanding the predictors and consequences of allyship. This approach suggests that engagement in allyship can be driven by egalitarian and non-egalitarian motivations and that the behaviours identified as allyship can have different meanings, causes and consequences depending on whether researchers take into account the allies’ perspective or the disadvantaged groups’ perspective. We use this approach as an organizing principle to identify themes that emerge in the papers included in this special issue. We start with four papers that consider the perspective of the advantaged group, followed by two papers that consider the perspective of the disadvantaged group. Finally, we introduce two theoretical papers that examine the relations between disadvantaged groups and allies, and we set out directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1248-1258
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number6
Early online date27 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Nov 2020


  • advantaged groups
  • allyship
  • disadvantaged groups
  • motivations
  • multiple perspectives


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