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Title:Why Racial Segregation Occurs Within U of I Sports?
Author(s):Andrews, Rebekah M.
RHET104C S08
Abstract:My research project is about “Why racial segregation occurs within U of I sports?” It discusses the issues of racial segregation and the discrimination that occurs within U of I sports. My research reports consisted of an annotated bibliography of journal and IDEALS sources, analysis of public text, a survey, interviews, and an analysis of picture documents. These different, but very valuable research methods helped me get closer to defining why racial segregation occurs in sports. I mainly focused on the racial segregation that occurs amongst Whites and African Americans in U of I sport teams. With the use of these 6 themes I will elaborate on how I found that racial segregation has occurred in sports with the information provided by my research reports. These 6 themes are: comfort zone/socialization, class and opportunity, background history, U of I sports before and after, stereotypes-positions, and lastly racial segregation, which will bring us to a conclusion as to why racial segregation occurs within U of I sports.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-09

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  • 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.
  • University Units and Institutional Transformation
    Projects in this collection explore institutional growth and change as seen in the histories and practices of university units and programs.

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