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Discrimination via discourse

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Publication date1/01/2015
Host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135050900
ISBN (Print)9780415834100
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The starting point for a discourse analytical approach to the complex phenomenon of discrimination is to realize that racism, as a social practice and as an ideology, manifests itself discursively and thus through a range of discursive and material practices. On the one hand, discriminatory opinions, stereotypes, prejudices and beliefs are produced and reproduced by means of discourse; and through discourse, discriminatory exclusionary practices are prepared, implemented, justified and legitimated. On the other hand, discourse offers a space in which to criticize, delegitimate and argue against racist opinions and practices, that is, to pursue anti-racist strategies.