What is Racism? Racial Discourse and Racial Politics

  title={What is Racism? Racial Discourse and Racial Politics},
  author={Ashley “Woody” Doane},
  journal={Critical Sociology},
  pages={255 - 274}
  • A. Doane
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Sociology
  • Critical Sociology
One central area of dispute in current racial politics is whether an act, policy, or event constitutes racism. I contend that the core of these debates involves competing conceptions of racism. Using text from a variety of media sources, I examine the different ways in which racism is defined and how claims and counterclaims are contextualized. I also explore how the dynamic nature of racial discourse leads to the emergence of new ways of defining racism as advocates seek advantages in… 

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