Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominantly White City


  • James Baker Memorial University




St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, adolescents, racialized refugees, visible minorities, racism, coping, hermeneutics


This article examines the effects of racialized name-calling on a group of twelve visible minority refugee youth from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Through one-on-one in-depth interviews, the author discusses their experiences in order to better understand how this important group of adolescents conceptualizes, constructs, and copes with racism while living in a highly homogeneous white Canadian city. The author concludes by noting that these experiences are having a negative effect on their social integration and that increased efforts by teachers and administrators are needed to help combat peer racism in this predominantly white city.


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Author Biography

James Baker, Memorial University

James Baker is a PhD Candidate in the Department of
Sociology at Memorial University. Since 2006, he has worked as a researcher with the Association for New Canadians, a community-based, non-profi t immigrant settlement agency located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.



How to Cite

Baker, J. (2013). Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominantly White City. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 29(1), 75–85. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.37508

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