Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/300088
Title:
Analysing the experience of discrimination in Ireland
Authors:
McGinnity, Frances; Watson, Dorothy; Kingston, Gillian
Affiliation:
Economic and Social Research Institute
Publisher:
The Equality Authority
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/300088
Additional Links:
http://www.equality.ie/Files/Analysing-the-Experience-of-discrimination-in-Ireland.pdf
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Discrimination undermines equality, and may have damaging consequences for the particular individuals involved. Monitoring the extent of discrimination is thus a very valuable exercise. However, discrimination is difficult to measure, as it is rarely observed directly. This report relies on the self-reported experiences of discrimination among the general population. It investigates discrimination using a large, representative sample of the population in Ireland using a special module of the Quarterly National Household Survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in 2010. The survey asked individuals whether they had experienced discrimination in a number of social situations over the previous two years, and provides important baseline information on a number of key issues: • The level of discrimination experienced. • The social contexts in which discrimination occurs. • The social characteristics of those who report discrimination. • The perceived grounds of discrimination. • The impact of discrimination and the responses taken. The strengths of this data source lie in the quality and size of the sample; the diverse social groups who reported their experiences; the range of social situations covered; the information on the impact of discrimination and the actions taken. The chief weakness of the methodology is the subjective nature of the data: we are relying on people’s interpretations of discrimination. The survey was designed by the CSO to minimise subjective variability by providing respondents with a clear definition of discrimination, delimiting the contexts and timeframe, and surveying the whole population, not just minority groups. While acknowledging that some subjective variation may remain, this report capitalises on the strength of the data, to provide a rich and comprehensive picture of the experience of discrimination in 2010. The fact that the survey was a repeat of an earlier survey in 2004 permits some comparisons of the experience of discrimination in an economic boom (2004) and recession (2010). The report enhances our understanding of the headline figures provided in the CSO release on the QNHS Equality Module (CSO, 2011) by using statistical modelling to identify whether group characteristics are associated with discrimination when other characteristics are accounted for. The report also distinguishes discrimination with some or no impact from that with a serious or very serious impact, and conducts a detailed analysis of actions taken in response to discrimination.
Keywords:
DISCRIMINATION; EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
ISBN:
9781908275592

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dc.contributor.authorMcGinnity, Francesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWatson, Dorothyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKingston, Gillianen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-28T15:56:03Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-28T15:56:03Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.isbn9781908275592-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/300088-
dc.descriptionDiscrimination undermines equality, and may have damaging consequences for the particular individuals involved. Monitoring the extent of discrimination is thus a very valuable exercise. However, discrimination is difficult to measure, as it is rarely observed directly. This report relies on the self-reported experiences of discrimination among the general population. It investigates discrimination using a large, representative sample of the population in Ireland using a special module of the Quarterly National Household Survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in 2010. The survey asked individuals whether they had experienced discrimination in a number of social situations over the previous two years, and provides important baseline information on a number of key issues: • The level of discrimination experienced. • The social contexts in which discrimination occurs. • The social characteristics of those who report discrimination. • The perceived grounds of discrimination. • The impact of discrimination and the responses taken. The strengths of this data source lie in the quality and size of the sample; the diverse social groups who reported their experiences; the range of social situations covered; the information on the impact of discrimination and the actions taken. The chief weakness of the methodology is the subjective nature of the data: we are relying on people’s interpretations of discrimination. The survey was designed by the CSO to minimise subjective variability by providing respondents with a clear definition of discrimination, delimiting the contexts and timeframe, and surveying the whole population, not just minority groups. While acknowledging that some subjective variation may remain, this report capitalises on the strength of the data, to provide a rich and comprehensive picture of the experience of discrimination in 2010. The fact that the survey was a repeat of an earlier survey in 2004 permits some comparisons of the experience of discrimination in an economic boom (2004) and recession (2010). The report enhances our understanding of the headline figures provided in the CSO release on the QNHS Equality Module (CSO, 2011) by using statistical modelling to identify whether group characteristics are associated with discrimination when other characteristics are accounted for. The report also distinguishes discrimination with some or no impact from that with a serious or very serious impact, and conducts a detailed analysis of actions taken in response to discrimination.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Equality Authorityen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.equality.ie/Files/Analysing-the-Experience-of-discrimination-in-Ireland.pdfen_GB
dc.subjectDISCRIMINATION-
dc.subjectEQUAL OPPORTUNITIES-
dc.titleAnalysing the experience of discrimination in Irelanden_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentEconomic and Social Research Instituteen_GB
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