Racism, discrimination and prejudice

Our experts are concerned with documenting and understanding changes in the experiences of discrimination and inter-personal racism.

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We're examining factors such as time (the extent to which levels of prejudice and discrimination relate to patterns of migration and economic context), social contexts (geography, workplaces, etc.) and social identities (gender, class, etc.). 

For example:

  • Are more educated, upwardly mobile, or British-born ethnic minority people less tolerant of prejudice and more likely to mobilise against it?
  • Do those living in geographically integrated communities experience more, or less, racial hostility? It also considers the role of racism in shaping the identities and attitudes of ethnic minority people
  • Does racism encourage oppositional identities, discourage integration, or encourage distrust in British political or economic institutions?

Just as experiences of discrimination and racism change over time, attitudes to ethnic and religious minority groups will have changed.

Researchers are also examining long running trends in racial prejudice, both among the white British majority and different minority groups, and the factors underlying these changes.

This involves analysis of the overall patterns and trends in racial attitudes (including studies that have focused on discrimination testing), changes in the salience and content of negative stereotypes over time (for example, examining the increasing salience of anti-Muslim stereotypes in the past decade), and generational shifts in views of ethnic and religious minority groups.