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Title: Problematising mainstream Spanish antiracism: race, racism and whiteness
Authors: Sebastiani, Luca 
Keywords: Race; (anti-)racism; Institutional racism; Whiteness; Spain
Issue Date: 16-Aug-2021
Publisher: Routledge
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/725402/EU/The politics of anti-racism in Europe and Latin America: knowledge production, decision-making and collective struggles 
Serial title, monograph or event: Social Identities
Abstract: In Spain, (anti-)racism is of scarce relevance to public debates and, when the topic is broached, it has mainly been discussed in relation to non-EU migration. Besides, its historical link with colonialism generally remains unacknowledged. This article analyses the problematisation of ‘race’ and ‘racism’ in this context, as performed by hegemonic stakeholders (i.e. public servants, NGOs, experts) in the fields of anti-discrimination, Roma inclusion and immigrant integration policies. As the fieldwork materials illustrate, this understanding rejects ‘race’ not only from a scientific-biological perspective but also as a social-political category. Accordingly, racism is depoliticised and theorised in a twofold manner: (1) as a matter of stereotypes, prejudices and lack of information about the ‘Other’; (2) as the aggressive acts of explicitly racist individuals/organisations. The structural, historical and institutional dimensions of racism are addressed either as background context, or they are negated by public policies. By not confronting the uneven power relations (re)produced by racism, this approach reaffirms ‘institutional whiteness’ as the underlying perspective of mainstream Spanish anti-racism.
Description: Published online: 16 Aug 2021
ISSN: 1350-4630
DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2021.1966762
Rights: embargoedAccess
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