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Contemporary “Structures” of Racism

A Sartrean Contribution to Resisting Racial Injustice

Justin I. Fugo

refers to as the practico-inert , which I will explain further below. 3 Race is one of those ideas, and it is permeated with beliefs, norms, and values. And although a belief in the superiority or inferiority of racial groups–i.e., racism

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Facing racism

Discomfort, innocence and the liberal peripheralisation of race in the Netherlands

Sinan Çankaya and Paul Mepschen

In this paper, we argue in favour of an anthropological focus on the ‘doing’ of whiteness, which is necessary to understand how various, contrasting but interconnected articulations of whiteness come into being. We focus on two ethnographic vignettes that reveal the different structural positions, within a culturalised and racialised order, of the anthropologists developing them. The vignettes focus on liberal and progressive ‘middle‐class’ articulations of whiteness that often remain unrecognised and – especially – bathed in innocence, but that go to the heart of the contemporary European question. We take issue with the liberal peripheralisation of racism, a discursive practice that locates racism in the ‘white working class’ and symbolically exorcises it from the ‘moderate’, centrist core of Europe. Rather than truly facing racism, what seems at stake for many liberals and progressives is the self‐image of being well‐meaning ‘respectable’ and ‘good’ middle‐class people.

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Germany's Linguistic ‘Others’ and the Racism Taboo

Liesa Rühlmann and Sarah McMonagle

nation-state ‘norm’. Many plurilingual individuals experience acts of ‘linguicism’ ( Skutnabb-Kangas 1988 ), which are acts of racism based on the languages they speak. However, critical reflections on ‘race’ and ‘racism’ are still largely absent in

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Encouraging white allyship in anti-racism by decentring whiteness

Phoebe S. Lin, Lynne N. Kennette, and Lisa R. Van Havermaet

Racism is present in the classroom and at the institutional level in North American higher education, whether we want to admit it or not. It can appear in teacher interactions, student values or institutional policies that favour the white

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Emotional Responses to Savior Films: Concealing Privilege or Appealing to Our Better Selves?

Erin Ash

regard to issues of race. First, the savior film’s focus encourages perceptions of white benevolence, providing justification for the denial of the continued existence of racism that, as Michael Lacy argues, “features white innocence, while maintaining

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Existential Psychoanalysis and Sociogeny

Thomas Meagher

pertinence of that relation to racism and anti-racism. I read existential psychoanalysis as a phenomenological method for examining human desire in its anonymity. However, the potential fruitfulness of this method is diminished to the extent that it is read

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The Legal Construction of the Notion of Anti-White Racism in France

Mathias Möschel

Within the burgeoning literature on Whiteness studies in France (to which this special issue also contributes), 1 the theme of anti-White racism has acquired a certain prominence. This article intends to critically zoom in on this notion

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Border Violence, Democracy, and the Museum

Simon Knell

conclusion had been to observe the dangers of “unwitting racism” in otherwise “good people and institutions.” More than a decade earlier, in 1981, the Scarman Report into London's Brixton riots had detected the same phenomenon but had failed to recognize its

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Albert H. Friedlander

An American Appreciation

Amy-Jill Levine

orthopraxy, including the topic of the state of Israel, tended to divide Jewish students; his explicitly Jewish concern, informed by the Shoah, for addressing racism in the United States in the 1960s; his approach to Jewish–Christian relations with attention

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Postimperial Melancholia and Brexit

Marc Matera

-style “identity politics” at close range. These personal, intellectual, political, and geopolitical contexts led Gilroy to a more sustained engagement with the legacy of the British Empire and its relationship to the cultural racism that shapes understandings of