Facing the discriminatory phenomenon in adult population

TATIANA STRÜMER BADALOTTI RAMONA FERNANDA CERIOTTI TOASSI ROGER KELLER CELESTE About the authors

Abstract

Discrimination is a social phenomenon that causes damage and inequities in health. This paper aimed to explore the discrimination and its ways of confrontation by university servants. This is a qualitative analytical study, using semi-structured individual interviews, interpreted by phenomenology. The sample was intentional, defined by the snowball technique. Thematic content analysis proposed by Bardin was used, with the help of NVivo software to define analytical categories. The main results reveal a model of confronting / combating discrimination, in which the categories are interrelated. The culture category occupies a central role, linking the strategies of quotas, formal education, legislation and public policies, media and informal education. Quotas allow access to formal education, which reduces discrimination and increases opportunities among individuals. Laws and policies change behavior by both its educational and coercive roles. The media allows interaction and discussion about us who are critical of discrimination in society. Informal education creates viable environments for discussion and encourages less discriminatory living since childhood. This study brings new perspectives and alternative approaches to understand ways to confront discrimination, which is an unfair phenomenon that crosses multiple spaces and social contexts.

Keywords:
social discrimination; prejudice; strategies; qualitative research; phenomenology

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