Thursday, January 3, 2013

Call for Participants: Dissertation on Criminalizing Stereotypes

Via the Social Justice Training Institute listserv:

Greetings and apologies for cross postings!

I am a Ph.D. candidate in psychology and am writing my dissertation on the experience of being viewed as suspicious, unpredictable, dangerous, or criminal in some way based on stereotypes about one's race, skin color, national origin, immigration status, religion, social class, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, or a combination of identities.  While much is known about the systemic manifestations of these stereotypes, less is known about the social and psychological consequences.

Have you ever been accused of sounding "too angry" when you spoke out in a class discussion or in a meeting? Or ever been watched closely or followed by staff in a store? Do you dread dealing with TSA? Have you ever tried to act extra nice to reassure a stranger who seemed afraid of you? Or ever hesitated to smile at a cute child for fear of being seen as a predator? If you identify with any of these feelings, experiences, or ones like them, I'd love your participation in this project.

If you are interested in participating, below is a link to a very brief anonymous survey.  It takes only about 2-5 minutes to complete. Because this topic is too nuanced for a survey, you will also be given the option of leaving your email at the end of the survey if you are interested in participating in an interview.  Expressing interest does not commit you to doing the interview, it simply means you're granting permission for me to contact you for one. You may decline at any time.

Please consider participating and/or re-posting and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Many thanks,

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