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Institutional racism and ethnic inequalities: an expanded multilevel framework

Phillips, Coretta ORCID: 0000-0001-9796-7792 (2011) Institutional racism and ethnic inequalities: an expanded multilevel framework. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (01). pp. 173-192. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279410000565


The concept of institutional racism re-emerged in political discourse in the late 1990s after a long hiatus. Despite it initially seeming pivotal to New Labour's reform of policing and the antecedent of a new race equality agenda, it has remained a contested concept that has been critiqued by multiple constituencies. This paper notes the ambiguities and contradictions of the concept and considers its validity as an explanatory concept for long-observed ethnic inequalities in educational attainment and stop and search. In so doing, it argues for its retention, but only within a multilevel framework that incorporates racialisations operating at the micro, meso and macro levels.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2024 06:30

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