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Youth perceptions of Racism in Newham

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Luke Boardman Youth perceptions of Racism in Newham AIM My aim is to find out if people have different ideas of what racism is. Can 'race' affect the perceptions of racism of Newham youth? I intend to interview several Newham youths, from different 'races' and cultures to find out what they believe racism is and why. A study by E.J Rose et al shows that racism differs depending on your social group, which is why I want to do this research. My research has social significance because racism is still a problem in multicultural areas, and as Newham is a multicultural area my research could offer explanations or racism. My theoretical approach is interpretist. (105 words) CONTEXT AND CONCEPTS My first article is 'The institute of Race Relations 1969 report' by Rose et al, from the book 'Sociology themes and perspectives' by Haralambos and Holborn. Rose et al carried out research to discover how widespread racist beliefs are amongst individuals. The research involved a questionnaire asking four key questions about discrimination of West Indians, Indians and Pakistanis. The respondents were then divided into four categories depending on how prejudice they were. ...read more.

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This is because human behaviour is largely due to socialisation not physical characteristics. Despite this 'race' is a major source of identity. Does this 'race' identity mean people view racism differently? (417 words) MAIN RESEARCH METHOD AND REASONS My main research method will be the same as Anne Oakley and Hannah Gavron, that is, in-depth unstructured interviews. These two women benefited from the rapport that they established with their interviewees, which is something that I hope to achieve. My theoretical approach is interperatist and is in the style of Howard S. Becker (1963) Outsiders. I will interview 10/20 people from Newham. These people would be youths, aged between 16 and 18, and they will have to represent the ethnic mix in Newham. The significance of Newham, is not only because I live there which means I could offer my own experiences of racism to my proposal, but also because it is a very multicultural area. This means that I will be able to get people from all ethnic groups to participate in my research. When I do my interviews, I will be doing them as if the interviewee and myself are just having a normal conversation. ...read more.

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Another problem could be my influence on the interviewee, I must be careful not to influence their answer. This poses a bigger problem for when I ask questions to people outside of my 'race', because they might not speak their mind, to avoid offending me. The setting of the interview, may affect it, so I would have to talk to the interviewee on their familiar grounds, to avoid intimidating them. It would also take a long time to set up and carry out the interviews, find the sample and then compare all of my results. Because my research method is qualitative it lacks reliability. So I might not get the answer I want. I also won't be able to generalise my results because I haven't used a big enough sample group. Recruiting my interviewees could pose a problem, because I need one person per ethnic group from Newham. I know people from most of the ethnic groups, but for the rest I would need to look for people in college. I have to make sure that the interviews are kept confidential, because some of the interviewees might have racist opinions that they don't want anyone to know. From this, another problem could arise, that is, can I guarantee confidentiality. What if one of my interviewees tells me about a racist attack they were part of. (304 words) ...read more.

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