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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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NAIFF, Denis Giovani Monteiro; NAIFF, Luciene Alves Miguez  e  SOUZA, Marcos Aguiar de. College students social representations on racial quotas in public universities in Brazil. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1808-4281.

Today there is a constant debate concerning racial quotas for non-white students in public universities in Brazil. For instance the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) is carrying out a public debate on the proposal of establishing racial quotas for the vestibular exam (similar to the SAT) with the main objective of understanding what are the social representations of the students in this particular subject. The debate was followed by interviews with 100 students that were asked to talk freely about their ideas and thoughts on racial quotas. The data was analyzed using the computer program EVOC 2003, among other methodologies. Considering social representation analysis the results show that the majority of the interviewees agree with racial quotas theoretically but on practical terms they are against it. This contradiction is defined as “mute zone” where you have to identify other forms of extracting the information you need other than using mainly the discourse.

Palavras-chave : Social representations; Affirmative action; Public universities; Racism.

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