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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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(p.21) 2 Differentiating racism and sectarianism
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Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism
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Chris Gilligan

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086526.003.0002

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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