New racism and inter-group attributions within a contemporary Indigenous Australian Context: Old wines in new bottles
Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
The paper revisits an old social research paradigm to provide extension to inter disciplinary work on new discourses of racism. A review of this inter disciplinary work is provided, applying its effects in Indigenous – non Indigenous Australian contexts. Second, inter-group attribution research is introduced as an interesting pathway to understanding the claimed unique new forms of racism, within the racially based explanations of ‘new racists’. Sixty two University under graduates were divided based on their new racism attitudes and asked to provide explanations for the positive and negative social behaviour of an Indigenous out-group actors’ behaviour. The findings show traces of old racism are prevalent in the accounts provided by the new racists and the argument is made that new racism is not too distant from its counterpart old fashioned discourse.