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Given the similarities between New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, and the desire to research racism in a smaller centre, it was thought that replicating the methodological approach of Cynthia Baker's New Brunswick study would be both useful and practical.
self-identified victims of racism aged fourteen to twenty among a refugee youth population of approximately one hundred at the time of the study).
17) Furthermore, for those who arrive in Canada as refugees, asylum seekers, or low-skilled immigrants, research conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation found that the unemployment rate is higher among foreign-born visible minorities and Canadian-born visible minorities than their white counterparts, that good jobs remain elusive for minorities, that higher education offers fewer payoffs for minorities, and that racism, especially subtle racism, continues to be a factor in the workplace.
Each of the twelve participants engaged in an in-depth one-to-one interview on the subject of racism.
The author also believed that the telephone interviews put an emotional distance between the interviewer and the interviewee, allowing for a freer discussion on racism.
Assessing the participants' prior understanding of racism was crucial, as this would not only help frame their experiences, but also contribute to a better understanding of their reality living within a predominantly white city.
22) Ian Law, however, suggests that racism has existed in numerous forms across the globe since antiquity.
The idea of "old" racism (as juxtaposed against the idea of "new" racism) can be best described as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
This research, however, proposes that the key to assessing racism in contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador society is to apply Teun van Dijk's "new (or subtle)" racism.
29) Thus the idea of a "new" racism can potentially provide important insights regarding the existence and influence of latent or subtle racism on adolescent refugees living in a small white urban centre.