'Maybe it is prejudice ... but it is NOT racism': Negotiating racism in discussion forums about Gypsies

Simon Goodman, Lottie Rowe

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    Abstract

    This article addresses the ways in which opposition towards Gypsies is debated, with particular regard to whether or not this opposition constitutes racism or prejudice towards a group shown to be vulnerable and subject to discrimination. A discursive analysis of a corpus of internet discussion forums about Gypsies in the UK is undertaken. The analysis demonstrates that opposition towards Gypsies can be presented as racist; however, such accusations are met with criticism so that writers become accountable for making them. While writers do go to rhetorical lengths to dissociate themselves from being presented as racist, there is nevertheless an acceptance that opposition to Gypsies may constitute prejudice. This prejudice is presented as an inevitable result of Gypsies’ behaviour and, of particular note, appears to be deemed acceptable. The implications of this finding for the discursive literature on taboos against, and denials of, racism are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)32-46
    JournalDiscourse and Society
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    Early online date5 Dec 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

    Keywords

    • discourse analysis
    • discursive psychology
    • Gypsies
    • hatred
    • internet discussion forums
    • prejudice
    • racism
    • Romany
    • taboo

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