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Racism: An Evolving Virus <sup>1</sup>

JORGE VALA and CÍCERO PEREIRA

in Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754197 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265246.003.0004

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Racism: An Evolving Virus 1

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Does it make sense to talk about racism in contemporary democratic societies? How can one explain the durability of racial prejudice and discrimination based on belief in the idea of race in formally anti-racist democratic societies? What possible peculiarities are displayed by social attitudes in Portugal in relation to people who are seen to belong to different racial or cultural groups? This chapter studies the most recent trends concerning racial prejudice and discrimination in Portugal.

Keywords: racism; prejudice; discrimination; legitimisation; social norms; lusotropicalism

Chapter.  8946 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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