Exploring the nonverbal facet of ethnic discrimination: A field experiment on anti-Roma racism in the Paris métro

Abstract : A field experiment on the discrimination of Roma migrants from Eastern Europe was conducted in two stations of the Paris metro to explore the behaviors that may communicate misrecognition in everyday encounters. An actress asked for help to randomly chosen passengers on a metro platform, wearing a glaringly Romani skirt in the treatment condition but an unconspicuous middle-class style in the control condition. In interaction with the actress wearing the Romani skirt, passengers were found to enact the so-called " visual dominance pattern " , and male passengers in particular were found to keep greater distances. Reverse discrimination also occurred as women kept shorter distances from the actress bearing the ethnic stigma. Last, passengers helped less the stigmatized actress, but only in one of the two metro stations where trials were conducted.
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Martin Aranguren. Exploring the nonverbal facet of ethnic discrimination: A field experiment on anti-Roma racism in the Paris métro. Social Influence, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2017, ⟨10.1080/15534510.2017.1387173⟩. ⟨hal-01633974⟩

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