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Race, racism, discourse

Kaposi, Dávid and Richardson, John E. (2017). Race, racism, discourse. In: Wodak, Ruth and Forchtner, Bernhard eds. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics. Routledge Handbooks. Routledge, pp. 630–645.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315183718-48
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Abstract

This chapter examines race and racism, and the relations between social ideas, social stratification based on these ideas, and discourse. Conventional, lay understandings of racism - as revealed, for example, in dictionary definitions - continue to consider racism to be a system of beliefs, or a false mode of thinking. The chapter assumes that racism, like all aspects of social life, is in part discursive: it is simultaneously a product of, and a factor contributing to, the continuation of hierarchical and unjust social relations. The core exoteric message of the extreme right amounts to a base opposition to immigration and, frequently, settled minority ethnic communities. The idea of racism having become taboo has led to developments where racism is not only coded and implicit, but arguably unintentional. This means that racists do not simply seek to deceive the mainstream public and communicate to audiences with coded messages, but rather that racism manages to deceive the self that emits it.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISBN: 1-138-77916-4, 978-1-138-77916-7
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 59714
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59714
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