Relationships with Local Residents — Antagonism, Racism and Belonging

  • Steve Kirkwood, Simon Goodman, Chris McVittie, Andy McKinlay
  • January 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-46116-2_8

What is it about?

Refugees and Scottish people talking about their experiences of contact with each other.

Why is it important?

It looks at the way that people describe racism as due to 'ignorance'.


Dr Steve Kirkwood
University of Edinburgh

For me this research is important because it looks at the claim that racism is due to 'ignorance'. Saying racism is due to ignorance suggests that it is not intended, that it is excusable, and also that it could be addressed through education. Personally I think it is important to reflect on this explanation of racism.

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