“We are the victims of racism”: Victim categories in negotiating claims about racism against Black-Africans in India

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How is racism negotiated by those who are otherwise victims of racism? Social psychologists show the relevance of categorization in negotiating racism. In the present article I focus on a setting where the majority group itself can be considered a target of racism: racism against Black-Africans in India. I examine how victim categorization of the majority group is developed and used through a membership categorization analysis of broadcast media news debates. Analysis shows that, first, victim categories complicated the use of racial prejudice as an explanation for the attacks. Second, victim categorizations were developed in relation to social groups that were removed from the present setting. These allowed for accomplishing specific actions: denials and rejections of racism, moral concerns in racism, and acceptance of Black-Africans' claims about racism. Together, the findings show that racism can be negotiated in terms additional to racial/ethnic group membership: as victims or perpetrators of racism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-484
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date5 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Africans
  • India
  • membership categorization analysis
  • race categories
  • racism
  • victim categories
  • victimhood

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