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Chapter Twelve: Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism
Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism
The power of discourse in defining and shaping the realities of minoritized groups in society cannot be underestimated. Racist talk and thought are most evident in the everyday conversations and texts that the dominant society produces about minority groups. Yet in contemporary Western cultures, openly racist talk and similarly explicitly coded racist texts are taboo, often legally outlawed and socially censured. Nevertheless, borrowing a concept from Liz Kelly's (1987) work on sexual violence, it can be argued that racist talk and thought span a continuum of discursive violence, wherein subtle racism occupies one end of the continuum while the overt, far right discourse of racism inhabits the other. In this chapter, we use the tools ...