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Discursive Discrimination: A Typology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 3, no 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a typology of discursive discrimination, discrimination carried out through the use of language. It is argued that such a typology should fulfil certin criteria in order to be useful for empirical research. The proposed typology consists of four main concepts: (1) exclusion from discourse; (2) negative other-presentation; (3) objectification; and (4) proposals pointing towards unfavourable non-linguistic treatment. The related concept of othering - the creation of a psychological distance to people understood to belong to groups others than 'us' - is also presented. The manner in which the different forms of discursive discrimination and othering can be operationalised is demonstrated through examples from empirical studies of discourses of people categorized as mentally deficient, as deaf, and as immigrants in public debate in Sweden in the past 75 years.

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2006. Vol. 3, no 9
Keyword [en]
discrimination and discourse, discursive discrimination, exclusion, immigrants and discrimination
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-16715OAI: diva2:183235
Available from: 2008-12-22 Created: 2008-12-22 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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