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everyday racism


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Is a term coined by Dutch sociologist Philomena Essed to express the recurrent, systematic, and familiar practices within society which act to the disadvantage of ethnic minorities. Rather than the exceptional incidents of racism—such as the racist attack—everyday racism describes the normal practices (hence ‘everyday’) which permeate society and disadvantage ethnic minorities. Such practices infiltrate organizational life and become seen as normal by organizational members. The concept is therefore very similar to the idea of institutional racism, though Essed's term seeks to encapsulate the way that discrimination is perpetuated through the whole of society and combines both individual action and institutional structures.


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