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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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Sociology and institutional racism1

Sociology and institutional racism1

(p.79) Four Sociology and institutional racism1
Racism, Policy and Politics

Karim Murji

Policy Press

This chapter traces the origins of the term ‘institutional racism’ in the 1960s in the Black Power movement, and its adoption and then rejection by policy makers and the academy. This history reflects the rise and fall of institutional racism over at least four decades from the 1960s. Nevertheless, it is a term and an idea that refuses to go away, as events in 2014–16 show. The chapter then links the public face of institutional racism — in relation to the police — with an ‘internal’ view of how it was utilised to critique the whiteness of sociology, itself something that has been revived to denounce universities and the social sciences through campaigns such as ‘Rhodes must fall’.

Keywords:   institutional racism, Black Power movement, sociology, social sciences, policy makers, academy

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