Dilemma: Not allowed to use race as a reference to groups 3


I am sitting with a dilemma. How do you refer to groups without making reference to race?

Let me explain.  I am doing research on the transfer of learning and have found that there are the same tendency in certain areas.  The areas that I am referring to is

AREA 1:                Cape Town, Rondebosch, Mowbray, Plumstead

AREA 2: Mitchells Plain, Hanover Park, Athlone

AREA 3: Kayelitsha, Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga.

I am not allowed to refer to a, for example,  ‘traditionally coloured area’, because then I am referring to race.  I am also not allowed to use the terminology ‘previously disadvantaged areas’ and ‘previously more disadvantaged areas’.

I will appreciate any recommendations.

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3 thoughts on “Dilemma: Not allowed to use race as a reference to groups

  • sylvia hammond

    Hi Wilma, your research sounds very interesting and it would be great to have a discussion about your results when you are finished.  Apart from LSMs you could also use class based on the types of work done – or also type of housing.  Both of those could be indirectly relevant to transfer of learning – for example a worker in a factory who works long shifts and then catches a taxi home will have far less time and energy to study or read.  Also living in a shack with no electricity will also make it very difficult to read – and overcrowded conditions where there are a number of people who need to sleep also makes studying as a working adult more difficult.  It’s very easy if you have a separate room for a study, electricity and are able to travel home quickly by car.  Look forward to your research results – please don’t give up.