Self-segregation of races in public areas

Apr 02, 2014 by Liz Banks-Anderson

English-speaking white people are more likely to 'self-segregate' or 'stick together', new research has found.

The study, in collaboration with Deakin University, explored the role of in promoting understanding and contact between different racial groups through short-term observation in three localities.

A total of 974 people were observed, with most occurring in sports settings (40.7 per cent), shopping centres (24.9 per cent) and libraries. It was found that public spaces within Australian communities encouraged social dynamics that reinforced and isolation of racial minority groups.

The majority and minority groups were researcher-assigned through observation of physical appearance such as skin colour, clothing items such as a hijab or turban and language use or linguistic cues.

Lead researcher Dr Naomi Priest from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health said the study had some interesting findings about group interactions.

"Those from the English-speaking white majority group tended to interact predominately with other majority group members, and were more likely to 'self-segregate' in public spaces than those from ," Dr Priest said.

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"This supports evidence that, generally, the preference of the majority will have a stronger impact on segregation patterns than those of the minority, such as that minority people are likely to be socially isolated or have no contact when majority members self-segregate."

Dr Priest said this study could also inform policies to reduce racism, promote cultural diversity and as a consequence, better the health of the community.

Strategies to promote accessibility could include having structured activities in public spaces such as community arts programs and sports teams or cultural training in the workplace, to build empathy and understanding.

Previous studies have shown that racism can also have detrimental effects on health outcomes for individuals as well as for communities.

"Racism is known to detrimentally effect a range of , including both mental and physical ," she said.

"The findings of this study highlight important behavioural targets for intervention to reduce racism and provide specific and contextual information regarding interactions within public settings. In particular, targeting public spaces as settings for intergroup contact as well as to promote accessibility and use by those from minority backgrounds," she said.

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Vietvet
3 / 5 (6) Apr 02, 2014
Someone gave this story one star. Whoever you are, care to defend your ranking?
Rosser
5 / 5 (4) Apr 02, 2014
This report is not exactly rocket science. It merely states the obvious, that we are all more comfortable within our own group. This is true whether the distinction is black/white, Jew/Muslim, geek/jock, or city lovers / country folk. What is really says is that we, as a society, have a lot more barriers to tear down than we realize. Notice, I say realize, not admit. There is no conspiracy here, only human nature and fear of the unknown. I have a saying, "we hate what we fear, and we fear what we don't understand". Any time I get in a social situation where I find myself on edge or uncomfortable, I remind myself that the best way to overcome the feeling is to do my best to understand the other side of things. It's not magic, but it helps.
SPQR
5 / 5 (4) Apr 05, 2014
Horror of horrors. White people hang out with each other. Blacks hang out with each other. Who frigging CARES??
HTK
5 / 5 (2) Apr 05, 2014
Tell me something I didn't know for 30 years.
Noumenon
5 / 5 (3) Apr 06, 2014
This study is a complete abject fraud in charging "racism" on account of natural Human instinct to associate with like minded and like class of people. Every race and culture does this,... it is what defines different cultures or classes to begin with.

Notice carefully what is being stated in the "study"; The moron doing the study advocates "diversity" of different cultures, .....UNLESS your culture group is identified as White,... then the moron all of a sudden, sees this as "racism".

Having a natural reaction to factual behavior or differences of a identifiable group is NOT racism. It is instinctual human nature that the far left wish to criminalize.

In fact it is the minority group by definition who does not assimilate into the majority culture, and thus is 'self-segregating' themselves.

The "study" was done by the mentality of the 'liberal progressive'. They will use the force of government to counter human nature and instinct and are the greatest threat to liberty.
Noumenon
4 / 5 (4) Apr 06, 2014
,.... the entire "racism" charge has turned into nothing but a fraud to feed the industry of perpetual victim groups,... it is a racist motivated attack upon white culture.

osnova
Apr 06, 2014
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