“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



The Role of the Elites

Against the background of earlier work on the reproduction of racism through discourse and communication, this study focused on the role of white elites in the reproduction of ethnic and racial inequality in Europe and North America. It was found that text and talk of the political, corporate, academic, educational, and media elites often preformulate stereotypes and prejudices about minorities, define the ethnic situation, legitimate elite discrimination, and thus contribute to the manufacture of the ethnic consensus and to the maintenance of white group dominance in Western societies.

This does not mean that contemporary elite discourse is always blatantly racist. On the contrary, more or less shared official egalitarian and humanitarian norms and values in ethnic relations require a more subtle, ...

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