The perception of racism in ambiguous scenarios

Mellor, David, Bynon, Gai, Maller, Jerome, Cleary, Felicity, Hamilton, Alex and Watson, Lara 2001, The perception of racism in ambiguous scenarios, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 473-488.

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Title The perception of racism in ambiguous scenarios
Author(s) Mellor, David
Bynon, Gai
Maller, Jerome
Cleary, Felicity
Hamilton, Alex
Watson, Lara
Journal name Journal of ethnic and migration studies
Volume number 27
Issue number 3
Start page 473
End page 488
Publisher Carfax Publishing Limited
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 1369-183X
Keyword(s) perceptions
racism
ambiguous
scenarios
essed
Summary Recent theorising on the nature of racism suggests that over the last few decades it has come to be expressed in more subtle and ambiguous ways because while many Whites proclaim egalitarian values, their cognitions and behaviour are influenced by prejudices that are buried deep in their psyche. This leads to the possibility that those who perpetrate and those who experience racism may have different interpretations of events that involve racism. Essed (1991) has suggested that because they are exposed to racism systematically, those who experience racism are in a good position to detect it if they have both knowledge of normal behaviour for particular situations, and a general knowledge of racism. Using Essed's model of the assessment of racist events, the descriptions of six videotaped ambiguously racist scenarios given by 40 Caucasian students and 40 Asian students were analysed to determine whether situational or general knowledge of racism was evident. Contrary to expectations, the Asian students, who belong to a group targeted with racism in Australia, were less likely to see racism in the scenarios. Finding the scenarios to be acceptable indicated a lack of situational knowledge and, hence, an inability to use general knowledge of racism if it exists. The role of cultural values in the application of situational knowledge is discussed, and further empirical investigations of Essed's model are proposed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001099

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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