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Contemporary racism in Australia: the experiences of Aborigines

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2003, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor
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.

History

Journal

Personality and social psychology bulletin

Volume

29

Issue

4

Pagination

474 - 486

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

0146-1672

eISSN

1552-7433

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Inc.