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‘I don’t think racism is that bad any more’: exploring the ‘end of racism’ discourse among students in English schools

Andreouli, Eleni and Greenland, Katy and Howarth, Caroline (2016) ‘I don’t think racism is that bad any more’: exploring the ‘end of racism’ discourse among students in English schools. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (2). pp. 171-184. ISSN 0046-2772

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Identification Number: 10.1002/ejsp.2143

Abstract

In this paper we present findings on lay constructions of racism from a focus group study (11 groups, n= 72) with a mixed sample of secondary school students in England. We show that racism was, on the whole, ‘othered’: it was located in other times, places, people, or was denied altogether. We show that this way of talking about racism had different uses depending on the identity stakes involved in different interactional contexts. Even in the cases where racism was constructed as common, participants worked hard to make an ‘irrefutable’ argument, which suggests that they were anticipating reputational damage by making a claim for the persistence of racism. We discuss these findings with regards to the different levels of analysis involved in constructions of racism (micro/interactional, local, and broader normative context) and with regards to an ‘end of racism’ discourse that appeared to provide the normative framework for participants’ accounts.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 11:50
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 23:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62744

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