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A professional–cultural approach to discrimination – constructions of police discrimination in two European countries
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Multicultural Discourses, ISSN 1744-7143, E-ISSN 1747-6615, Vol. 10, no 3, 313-331 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From a critical analytical framework, this article analyses survey responses conveying Swedish and German police officers' understanding of discriminatory behaviour in the workplace. The article relates discursive constructions of discrimination made in respondents' accounts of potential factors behind discrimination, and in positioning oneself. Taking into account previous studies on constructions of discrimination, this study develops and proposes some key strategies of explication of the cultural meanings assigned to forms of discrimination as well as justification of or resistance to discriminatory behaviour in professional contexts. Resistance to discrimination is displayed through (1) exposition of reasons behind discrimination, (2) display of a critical self-image and (3) strategic choice of mode of report. Differences to be found between Swedish and German respondents are attention to detail, to underlying factors in discrimination and to typical communicative practices regarding discriminatory behaviour. Sexism is acknowledged as a violation to a comparatively high degree, whereas racism is reported much less.

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Routledge, 2015. Vol. 10, no 3, 313-331 p.
Keyword [en]
Discrimination, cultural critical discourse analysis, police, racism, sexism
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Specific Languages
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Baltic and East European studies; Other research area
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28210DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2015.1071822ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84945450796Local ID: 1298/42/2009OAI: diva2:851782
Hur uppstår rasism?
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1298/42/2009
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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