Contemporary racism in Australia: the experiences of Aborigines

Mellor, David 2003, Contemporary racism in Australia: the experiences of Aborigines, Personality and social psychology bulletin, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 474-486, doi: 10.1177/0146167202250914.

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Title Contemporary racism in Australia: the experiences of Aborigines
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Personality and social psychology bulletin
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 474
End page 486
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0146-1672
Keyword(s) Australian Aborigines
old-fashioned racism
contemporary racism
perceived racism
Summary In recent decades, social psychologists have suggested that contemporary racism is more subtle in nature than it had been in previous times. However, such theorizing has been from the perspective of the perpetrators. The present study follows a small number of other studies that have focused on the perspective of the victims of racism. It investigated the experiences of racism reported by 34 Aboriginal Australians during semi-structured, open-ended interviews. The data suggest that racism is experienced commonly and frequently by the participants and that much of it is overt or old-fashioned rather than subtle and modern. It is argued that if the data are reflective of what happens in intergroup encounters, social scientists may have embraced the theories of modern racism too readily. This may have contributed to the maintenance of social institutions that impact negatively on the minority populations in the community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0146167202250914
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Inc.
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