Presentation on theme: "Research Method Interviews -Asked for basic demographic information * race, ethnicity, year, socioeconomic status - Views on race relations on campus."— Presentation transcript:
Research Method Interviews -Asked for basic demographic information * race, ethnicity, year, socioeconomic status - Views on race relations on campus. - Views on interracial dating on campus. - How they would feel about entering an interracial relationship. - How would their friends and family react to interracial relationships - Examined how comfortable the participants are with people of other ethnicities.
Data (1/3) The general consensus among participants is that despite attempts to diversify, races tend to self-segregate. Members of the same race generally mingle with each other, with the interracial friendships which occur from involvement in extracurricular activities or classes. One participant summarized this idea by saying that it seems like races on campus look for the best way to identify themselves and this causes separation. This overall sense of self-separation among races also has an effect on their approachability, a key aspect of building interpersonal relationships which can also lead to dating.
Data (2/3) Most participants felt that interracial dating, while not entirely absent, was something which does not happen a lot on campus. Many participants felt that the separation among racial groups was the reason that interracial dating was not something which occurred often. Its lack of occurrence also meant that, in general, participants felt that interracial dating was not a topic that came up in discussion right now. When asked if they would enter into an interracial relationship, some participants responded by saying that it would either depend on personality or they were willing to enter into such a relationship. Others admitted that they were not attracted to people of other races out of personal preference. However, when asked if they knew anyone in an interracial relationship, it was interesting to note that those who did spoke positively of it and made it seem to some participants, that it was a nonissue. While the lack of interracial dating was focused, it was pointed out several times that interracial hook-ups have been known to happen.
Data (3/3) Another aspect of the interviews focused on the reactions of the participants friends and family to the prospect of entering into an interracial relationship. Participant responses were varied: while some felt that their friends and parents would not mind, others did not feel the same. Some people who had previously been in interracial relationships expressed the belief that while their relationship was accepted or not a big deal to friends or family, they noted that on occasion they would be the recipients of weird or judgmental looks from strangers when expressing public displays of affection. Another key point which would occasionally come up was the physical attractiveness of the opposite sex in relation to race. While some participants outright expressed the fact that they did not find members of certain races attractive, some speculated on the nature of attraction within the context of interracial dating. Several participants stated that the idea of exotic looking women would appeal to white men more because of their physical attractiveness. This was a very interesting occurrence because it was assumption based thinking on the parts of those participants. They assumed that they knew what others felt was attractive in relation to their own perception of what is or is not attractive.