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Young people's interpretations of Dutch soap operas and police series: a multicultural audience research
Unformatted Document Text:  Young people’s interpretations of Dutch soap operas and police series: a multicultural audience research 6 Method For the present study, I am in the process of interviewing young people from white and ethnic minority backgrounds about the way they watch and talk about Dutch soaps and police series. The interviews are performed in a group setting of four to six people. Youths from Turkish, Surinamese, Moroccan 3 and white Dutch backgrounds are interviewed. They are approached via schools in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Half of them follow ‘lower’ education, half of them ‘higher’ education 4 . The age of the informants is between 14 and 16 years old. The sample is visualised in the following table: ‘Lower’ education ‘Higher’ education Soaps Police series Soaps Police series Total Turkish 3 3 3 3 12 Surinamese 3 3 3 3 12 Moroccan 3 3 3 3 12 white Dutch 3 3 3 3 12 Total 12 12 12 12 48 So, all in all 48 group interviews will be done. The interviews will be carried out by six MA students and myself. All students are female, half of them have an ethnic minority background and half of them are white. I myself am male and white. In this way, we as a team represent some of the diversity that is present among the participants. 3 Turkish, Surinamese and Moroccan Dutch are the three biggest ethnic minority groups in The Netherlands, according to the National Statistics Office CBS. 4 ‘Lower’ in this case means VMBO, ‘higher’ means HAVO or VWO.

Authors: de Bruin, Joost.
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Young people’s interpretations of Dutch soap operas and police series: a multicultural audience research
6
Method
For the present study, I am in the process of interviewing young people from white and ethnic
minority backgrounds about the way they watch and talk about Dutch soaps and police series.
The interviews are performed in a group setting of four to six people. Youths from Turkish,
Surinamese, Moroccan
3
and white Dutch backgrounds are interviewed. They are approached
via schools in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Half of them follow ‘lower’ education,
half of them ‘higher’ education
4
. The age of the informants is between 14 and 16 years old.
The sample is visualised in the following table:
‘Lower’ education
‘Higher’ education
Soaps
Police series
Soaps
Police series Total
Turkish 3
3
3
3
12
Surinamese 3
3
3
3
12
Moroccan 3
3
3
3
12
white Dutch 3
3
3
3
12
Total
12 12 12 12 48
So, all in all 48 group interviews will be done. The interviews will be carried out by six MA
students and myself. All students are female, half of them have an ethnic minority background
and half of them are white. I myself am male and white. In this way, we as a team represent
some of the diversity that is present among the participants.
3
Turkish, Surinamese and Moroccan Dutch are the three biggest ethnic minority groups in The Netherlands,
according to the National Statistics Office CBS.
4
‘Lower’ in this case means VMBO, ‘higher’ means HAVO or VWO.


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