Race and Racism: History, Contemporary Theories of Racism, Anti-Racist Movements (3248 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Jason Michelakos (York University)
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In the past few decades, the historiographical treatment, scientific controversies, and sociopolitical considerations of racism have been subject to much conceptual contestation. These transformations have been inspired by diverse theoretical approaches undertaken by anthropologists, cultural theorists, historians, philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, and scientific experts engaged in the examination of culture, ethnicity, and race. Among competing analytical paradigms, however, there is interdisciplinary consensus that belief in the existence of race and racial difference as a biological truth is unsubstantiated. The practice of racism is considered an ideological system of classification used to both dehumanize and …

Citation: Michelakos, Jason. "Race and Racism: History, Contemporary Theories of Racism, Anti-Racist Movements". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19418, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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