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

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Abstract

In this article, I address structural discrimination, an under-represented area of study in Danish research. In particular, I introduce the concepts of micro-discrimination and benevolent discrimination. These are proposed as two ways of articulating particular and opaque forms of structural racial discrimination, which have become normalised in everyday Danish (and other) contexts. I present and discuss discrimination as it surfaces in data from my empirical studies of discrimination in Nordic (Danish) contexts. These studies underscore how everyday assumptions and norms contribute to discriminatory practices in particular ways. The article, in introducing the terms micro-discrimination 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 anti-discrimination and social exclusion frameworks.
Translated title of the contributionMed den slags venner behøves ikke fjender; Strukturel Diskrimination og gode intentioner i hverdagsinteraktioner
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Migration Research
Volume7
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)214-223
Number of pages10
ISSN1799-649X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Micro-discrimination
  • Racism
  • Structural discrimination
  • Benevolent discrimination

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