Race trouble: Attending to race and racism in online interaction

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dc.contributor.author Durrheim, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Greener, Ross
dc.contributor.author Whitehead, Kevin A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-06T06:47:08Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-06T06:47:08Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Durrheim, K., Greener, R., & Whitehead, K. A. (2014). Race trouble: Attending to race and racism in online interaction. British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12070 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2044-8309
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/15835
dc.description.abstract This article advocates the concept of Race Trouble as a way of synthesizing variation in racial discourse, and as a way of studying how social interaction and institutional life continue to be organized by conceptions of “race” and “racism”. Our analysis of an online discussion at a South African University about the defensibility of a characterization of (black) student protesters as “savages” revealed a number of familiar strategies: participants avoided explicit racism, denied racism, and denied racism on behalf of others. However, the aim of analysis was not to identify the “real” racism, but to show how race and racism were used in the interaction to develop perspectives on transformation in the institution, to produce social division in the University, and to create ambivalently racialized and racializing subject positions. We demonstrate how, especially through uses of deracialized discourse, participants’ actions were observably shaped by the potential ways in which others could hear “race” and “racism”. Race trouble thus became manifest through racial suggestion, allusion, innuendo and implication. We conclude with a call to social psychologists to study the ways in which meanings of “race” and “racism” are forged and contested in relation to each other. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject race, racism, race trouble, online interactions en_ZA
dc.title Race trouble: Attending to race and racism in online interaction en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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