Racism and harassment of Asians in Glasgow



Bowes A, McCluskey J & Sim D (1990) Racism and harassment of Asians in Glasgow. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 13 (1), pp. 71-91.

Definitions of racial harassment adopting symmetrical and asymmetrical perspectives are reviewed, and the term 'racist harassment' is proposed. The Glasgow study of harassment adopted a combined statistical and case-study approach. Black experiences of racist harassment in Glasgow in 1988 are documented through the presentation of survey results. The Housing Department recognized harassment, but its active response was confused. Transfer of victims and action against perpetrators are discussed. None of three case-studies extracted from Housing Department files was satisfactorily resolved. Other cities show alternative, effective responses. Racism in Scotland, both interpersonal and institutional, is examined. In Glasgow, we conclude, racism creates interpersonal harassment and an institutional failure to respond.

Ethnic and Racial Studies: Volume 13, Issue 1

Publication date31/01/1990
PublisherTaylor and Francis

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Professor Alison Bowes
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