2015 (English)In: International Migration and Ethnic Relations: critical Perspectives / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt and Anders Neergaard, London: Routledge, 2015, 139-168 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The modern world is marked by racism. This is true not only in the sense that the darkest chapters of human history consist of genocides and crimes against humanity that have been committed and justified by racist arguments. These ghastly acts include the almost complete annihilation of the native populations of the Americas from 1500 until today, the transatlantic slave trade, the conquests and wars of extermination conducted by European states until the early 1960s, in addition to anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. But it is also the case that the current world order with its cultural hierarchies and ways of exploiting and excluding human beings along ethnic lines was established in conjunction with racism and has been inseparable from it for at least the past five hundred years. Thus, if we do not take racism into account, we cannot understand history. For it is the history of racism that has instituted a world in which one’s expectations and ways of life appear very different depending on one’s background and skin colour. Racism is therefore a legacy that still influences the present. It is a living force which contributes to making us what we are and who we are, whether we wish it or not, and whether we are aware of it or not. In this chapter, we will approach racism first as a historical phenomenon. We will then go on to discuss how racism has been understood in social theory. After this historical explication, we will move on to the present world and suggest how racism functions today and how it may be analyzed. Finally, by way of conclusion, we offer a synthetic perspective on racism, racist discourse and processes of racialization as a changing yet persistent social dynamic. Indeed, what may appear to be the most peculiar feature of racism is the sheer fact that it still exists, even though it has no scientific basis and there is general agreement that it violates ethical norms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2015. 139-168 p.
, Routledge advances in sociology, 148
Racism, Discrimination, racialization, ethnicity, stigma, prejudice, social behaviour
International Migration and Ethnic Relations Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113404ISBN: 978-1-138-78872-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113404DiVA: diva2:781650