On the micro-ecology of racial division: A neglected dimension of segregation.

Dixon, John A. and Tredoux, Colin and Clack, Beverley (2005) On the micro-ecology of racial division: A neglected dimension of segregation. South African Journal of Psychology, 35 (3). pp. 395-411. ISSN 0081-2463

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This article provides a general background to this special focus section on ‘racial interaction and isolation in everyday life’. Both the geographic literature on segregation and the psychological literature on the contact hypothesis are extended, and the call is for more research on how, when and why racial isolation manifests at a micro-ecological level, that is, the level at which individuals actually encounter one another in situations of bodily co-presence. Some conceptual and methodological implications of this extension of the segregation literature as described. The social psychological significance of the racial organisation of such ordinary activities as eating in cafeterias, relaxing on beaches and occupying public seating are also explored. The focus of the argument is that everyday boundary processes may maintain the salience of racial categories, embody racial attitudes and regulate the possibility of intimate contact.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: South African Journal of Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/bf
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 10846
Deposited By: Dr John Dixon
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 09:59
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 07:34
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10846

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