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ERIC Number: ED374732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-5
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Meaning Making, Discriminatory Harassment, and Institutional Policy.
Goss, John R., III
In seeking ways to address racial problems on college campuses this study applied a hermeneutical approach to social relations which acknowledges the centrality of actors' perspectives in the creation of social reality. In this model, based on the hermeneutical theory of Hans-George Gadamer, conflict has neither a negative or positive influence on social relations; instead conflict is something naturally presented in society. The study used Gadamer's theory to examine two incidents occurring on the campus of a mid-sized state-supported college which first developed an institutional discriminatory harassment policy in 1986. Data included ethnographic interviews with 24 student and administrator informants and transcripts of two focus group discussions. Analysis illustrates how members of the campus community framed notions of race relations and how they perceived and interpreted events. Analysis found that participants' perceptions of the need for, and expected outcomes of the discriminatory harassment policy were shaped by the extent to which individuals and groups shared experiences within the social context. These experiences helped to shape distinct, yet inter-related constituencies within the college based on participants' social position and race. (Contains 9 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A