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Title:Is There an Invisible Boundary Between the Races at UIUC (specifically FAR)?
Author(s):Barber, Ashanti
Subject(s):Student Housing
Social Spaces
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: 1) What is the role of perceptions of race in creating social space? 2) What interactions take place between the racial groups? 3) Are these interactions, or lack thereof, due to a subjective sense of community and students’ preconceived ideas of ethnicity? The author conducted seven interviews and did participant observation among students during meals and social programs. Results indicate that students form groups and occupy specific social spaces on the basis of race and ethnicity. Organized activities tend to exoticize other cultures and confirm certain stereotypes. In addition, this project also explores the causes and consequences of voyeurism, and the role of education in addressing problems of racial segregation and racism.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.
  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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