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Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-RacismRethinking Racism and Sectarianism$
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Chris Gilligan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086526

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086526.001.0001

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Differentiating racism and sectarianism

Differentiating racism and sectarianism

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Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism

Chris Gilligan

Manchester University Press

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

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