Discourse and Discrimination: Rhetorics of Racism and by Ruth Wodak, Martin Reisigl

By Ruth Wodak, Martin Reisigl

Discourse and Discrimination is a learn of the way racism, antisemitism and ethnicism are mirrored in discourse. The authors first survey 5 demonstrated discourse research techniques prior to supplying their very own version and 3 case-studies. Drawing on quite a lot of resources, they query why racism and anti-Semitism are nonetheless virulent around the globe.

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We agree with many of Quasthoff ’s general sociopsychological assumptions of the social function of prejudices as a sociocohesive means for obtaining ingroup solidarity and ‘phatic communion’, but surpass the single-sentence perspective prevailing in her early work and also try to take into consideration the more latent and allusive meanings of discourses. To a certain degree, but not totally, we share the constructivist approach of Wetherell and Potter as well as their critique of universalising the conditions for racist discrimination, though without adopting their relativist postmodernist viewpoint.

Furthermore, the postmodern refusal to offer a distinct terminology sometimes leads to the confusion of ‘-isms’ and identities. Although Rattansi (1994: 21) is quite aware of these theoretical implications of postmodernism, he simply brackets the issue. Miles proposes the ‘racism-after-race-relations’ paradigm (Miles and Phisacklea 1979, Guillaumin 1991, Guillaumin 1992, Goldberg 1993, and Taguieff 1987) as an alternative neo-Marxist theorisation of racism. It is not his intention to revive the classical argumentation that racism is ‘only’ a utilitarian invention of the bourgeoisie to divide the working class and to legitimise colonialism 18 Discourse and discrimination (Miles 1994: 204).

Race’, racism and discourse • • • • 15 attitudes towards power and ‘robustness’ destructiveness and cynicism projectivity (a disposition to believe in absurd and dangerous occurrences in the world) sexuality (exaggerated interest in sexual ‘events’) The researchers stress that character structure and behaviour cannot be treated as equivalent. Character is, rather, a reaction potential that determines ideological preference, and strongly depends on the socioeconomic and political conditions as well as the general intellectual climate within a society.

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