With friends like these, who needs enemies? Structural discrimination and good intentions in everyday interactions

Bidragets oversatte titel: Med den slags venner behøves ikke fjender; Strukturel Diskrimination og gode intentioner i hverdagsinteraktioner

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In this article, I discuss structural discrimination, an underrepresented area of study in Danish discrimination research. I define it here as discursive and hegemonic. Structural discrimination is presented as an analytical approach with which to understand, identify and address how exclusion functions as otherwise indiscernible within widely accepted societal (?) norms. I introduce the concepts of microdiscrimination and benevolent discrimination as two ways of articulating particular and opaque forms of racial discrimination that occur in everyday Danish (and other) contexts, and have therefore become normalized.
I present and discuss discrimination as it surfaces in data from my empirical studies of discrimination in Danish contexts. These studies underscore how everyday assumptions and norms contribute to inadvertent discriminatory practices in particular ways. The article, in introducing the terms microdiscrimination and benevolent discrimination, hopes to identify and acknowledge attitudes and behaviours that fall outside the purview of everyday understandings of discrimination and racism. In addition, it is my hope that these terms can be of use with regard to addressing and reducing challenges within inclusion, diversity and difference frameworks.
Bidragets oversatte titelMed den slags venner behøves ikke fjender; Strukturel Diskrimination og gode intentioner i hverdagsinteraktioner
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Migration Research
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)214-223
Antal sider10
ISSN1799-649X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

Emneord

  • Structural discrimination, benevolent discrimination, microdiscrimination, race, diversity

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