Challenges of anti-racism

Babacan, Hurriyet (2006) Challenges of anti-racism. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Racism in the New World Order: realities of colour, culture and identity. pp. 35-43. From: International Conference on Racism in the New World Order: realities of colour, culture and identity, 8-9 December 2005, Coolum, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] Issues of racism, racial/ethnic identity, citizenship and nationalism receive high media attention and stir up highly emotional debates and responses. Sociologists now concur that there is no such phenomenon as 'race' but that is a social construct that enables differentiation and discrimination on a false notion of race. Yet the use of 'race' as a concept persists. This leads Mason (1994:845) to conclude that

…race is a legitimate concept for sociological analysis because social actors treat it as a real basis for social differentiation and organise their lives and exclusionary practices in terms of it".

Defining racism is not an easy concept. Zelinka defines racism:

as a belief in the superiority of one particular racial or ethnic group and, flowing from this, the exclusion of other groups from some or many aspects of society. This exclusion (and often exploitation) is seen as legitimate simply because of the difference or supposed inferiority of the other group's race, ethnicity or nationality. (Zelinka, 1996:1)

Item ID: 17904
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9751913-5-4
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 05:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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