“This study of ‘elite racism,’ which can be subtle but is in fact pervasive and sometimes mundane, is an important contribution to the study of racism and a fine example of comparative race and ethnic studies. Intended for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars, it can also be profitably read by anyone interested in understanding the multiple manifestations of racism in U.S. and European societies.” --Choice

Political Discourse

Political discourse


As predicted by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903, race and ethnic affairs have been and continue to be a major political issue throughout the twentieth century (Du Bois, 1969). Therefore, a closer analysis of the discourse of political elites on these issues may contribute not only to our insight into the discursive reproduction of racism, but also to an understanding of the more general political context of these reproduction processes in other domains, for instance, in the media, academic research, education, or in corporate business and employment, analyzed in the next chapters. It is with this general aim that this chapter makes a comparative study of political text and talk on ethnic affairs in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and ...

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