Conference Venue: University of Abertay, Dundee Scottish Branch
From: 12 Mar 2008 To: 12 Mar 2008
Exploring the discourse of multiculturalism: A discourse analysis of the language used by majority group students when discussing their experiences within a multicultural university.
Objectives: The study sets out: Firstly, to study the language used by majority group students when discussing their experiences of a multicultural university; and, secondly, to relate the findings of the study to Dovidio and Gaertner’s (1998) theory of aversive racism
Design: The study involves recording a focus group discussion consisting of five majority group (White British) undergraduate students, engaging in conversation about their experiences of multiculturalism within Napier University.
Methods: The particular strand of discourse analysis that the researcher will engage in for this research is associated with the work of Parker and follows in the Post-structuralist, Foucauldian tradition of discourse analysis
Results: It is expected that analysis will allow the identification and explication of contradictions, constitution and power inherent within the discourses.
Conclusions: The analysis and discussion will relate the findings of the study, firstly, to wider theoretical considerations of racism and, subsequently, to Dovidio and Gaertner’s theory of Aversive Racism.