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Racism, Policy and Politics$
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Karim Murji

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319573

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.001.0001

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The end(s) of institutional racism1

The end(s) of institutional racism1

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(p.119) Six The end(s) of institutional racism1
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Racism, Policy and Politics
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Karim Murji

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.003.0007

This chapter looks at an employment tribunal case by a senior Asian police officer whose complaint of racial discrimination did not draw on, or refer to, institutional racism at all. It also studies the Race and Faith inquiry, where institutional racism could also have been expected to feature as a key issue but did so in a low-key and awkward way. In exploring these cases, the chapter stresses the significance of contextual factors — meaning the political environment in which they occurred. The relationship between knowledge production and policies requires acts of translation. Thus, it is not enough to say that knowledge and politics interact; it is the form in which they do — and do not — combine in each context that matters.

Keywords:   racial discrimination, institutional racism, Race and Faith inquiry, contextual factors, political environment, knowledge, politics

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