Differentiating racism and sectarianism

Chris Gilligan

in Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2017 | ISBN: 9780719086526
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781526128621 | DOI:
Differentiating racism and sectarianism

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This chapter examines the debate regarding whether or not sectarianism should be thought of as something distinct from racism. The author argues that there are many forms of racism – including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia – and that sectarianism is a form of racism. A common error in anti-racist theory and practice is to reduce racism to the oppression of Black people, rather than seeing skin colour as only one of a number of possible markers of difference. We should think in terms of racisms, plural, rather than racism, singular.

Keywords: Racism; Sectarianism; Markers of difference; Racisms not racism; Race relations law

Chapter.  13510 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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