A Study of Subjective Understandings of Racism in Contemporary Irish Society

Kealy, Claire (2007) A Study of Subjective Understandings of Racism in Contemporary Irish Society. Masters thesis, Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Abstract

This thesis aims to study subjective understandings of racism in contemporary Irish society. This aim was achieved by combining a close examination of the available literature with fieldwork. The literature reviewed in chapters one and two, helped develop an understanding of ‘race’-related terminology by examining the origins and development of racism. It covered a broad time period from ancient societies’ understanding of the concept of racism to contemporary interpretations of the term. The literature review provided a solid foundation to identify and explore subjective understandings of racism in contemporary Irish society. Chapter three sets out the research methodologies applied to conduct the fieldwork, which was carried out in two phases. The first phase consisted of conducting focus group interviews with participants in order to ascertain which issues participants regarded as of paramount importance. The issues identified as being significant were then included on the question schedule. The question schedule was then used in the second phase of fieldwork. The second phase consisted of conducting individual interviews. The analysis process applied to the data gathered through the fieldwork is also discussed in chapter three. As previously stated, the data gathered from the focus group interviews was used to formulate the question schedule for the individual interviews. The question schedule was then used in the individual interviews to probe interviewees as to their subjective understandings regarding various aspects of racism. Therefore it was the data gathered from the individual interviews that constitutes the primary data in this research. The data gathered from the individual interviews was set out in chapter four. The data was structured as follows; first the question, (as it appeared on the question schedule) was set out; this was followed with a table setting out the general and dominant themes, which arose in answer to the question. Finally, the examples of the participant’s answers were provided to illustrate the themes, which arose in answer to each particular question. On completion of the analysis process, the findings which emerged from the data were set out and discussed to provide a clear picture of subjective understandings of racism in contemporary Irish society.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multiculturalism, Ireland
Departments or Groups: Centre for Social and Family Research
Divisions: School of Humanities > Department of Applied Arts
Depositing User: e- Thesis
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008 14:32
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/952

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