A1 Journal article – refereed
Adapting to post-racialism? Definitions of racism in non-governmental organization advocacy that mainstreams anti-racism

List of Authors: Minna Seikkula
Publisher: Sage Journals
Publication year: 2019
Journal: European Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume number: 22
Issue number: 1
Number of pages: 15
ISSN: 1367-5494
eISSN: 1460-3551


Scholarly discussions contesting post-racialism have noted how the false but common belief – that systematic racism has been defeated in Western societies – works to undermine anti-racism’s critical potential. Simultaneously, the discussion about the relativization of anti-racism has mainly been located in contexts with strong anti-racist traditions. By exploring anti-racism in the Finnish civil society, the article thematizes thinking around the post-racial modality of racism in a context where racism is often presented as a recent phenomenon. A discourse analysis of non-governmental organization advocacy materials that work to mainstream anti-racism identifies three parallel problem-definitions of racism, illustrating a tendency to understand racism as an individual flaw in a non-racist social reality. This shows that trivializing racism and recentring whiteness happen through classed and aged discourses.

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