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Eating Together Apart: Patterns of Segregation in a Multi-ethnic Cafeteria.

Clack, Beverley and Dixon, John A. and Tredoux, Colin (2005) Eating Together Apart: Patterns of Segregation in a Multi-ethnic Cafeteria. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 15 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1099-1298

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Abstract

Research on segregation has tended to focus on relations located at a macro-spatial level of analysis and unfolding in contexts where boundaries to interaction are formally established. This research, by contrast, investigated segregation as a micro-ecological process by observing patterns of seating in a multi-ethnic cafeteria. A total of 3114 seating positions were coded over a 2-week period and the resulting data were analysed using both adapted segregation indices (P and D) and loglinear and logistic regression techniques. The results suggested that ethnic segregation existed both at the level of interactional groups and in the form of broader patterns of racial clustering and dispersal in the cafeteria. Moreover, the magnitude of segregation was predicted by the gender composition of seating groups and by variations in the density of the cafeteria’s population over time. Some implications of these results for social psychological research on contact and desegregation are considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: segregation ; desegregation ; race ; contact
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 10845
Deposited By: Dr John Dixon
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 11:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 15:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10845

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