Reconceptualizing racism

In the literature, the subject of racism has been approached by and large in a particular kind of way. In this paper, I aim to critically engage with standard racism discourse by doing two things. Firstly, I will be showing that the way racism is generally discussed is problematic both for the reasons that (a) its scope is limiting and (b) the way that the concept is used leaves out certain things that are important for what count or ought to count as racism. Secondly, I will be arguing that racism in its most basic form is the undervaluing, the devaluing, and not at all valuing someone else on account of their racial or racialized group.
Research submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Philosophy by coursework and Research in the facultiy of humanities
Zikalala, Sibusiso (2018) Reconceptualizing racism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <>