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Mapping Discriminatory Landscapes in Europe: Ethnic Discrimination in the Labor Market and in the Educational System in Eight European Countries

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00135


Institutions embody power and have real consequences. For instance, government may be used (or not used) through law and the exercise of administrative power in such a way as to normalize discriminatory or exclusionary practices, in some cases unintended, affecting the life chances of immigrants. Institutionalized "racial" discrimination and exclusion involve labor market agents, school authorities and teachers, public agencies, police, courts, etc. In such settings, discriminatory judgments are made, resources are allocated, opportunities given or denied, individuals included or excluded. There are category systems, models defining "other", habits, and established practices. Among our questions are such: Who is being discriminated against and excluded, where, through what mechanisms, and with what consequences. Because of particular categorizations and labels, groups and populations may be disadvantaged or even denied key resources because of their ethnicity, skin color, religion, etc. As van Dijk (2000:15-16) stresses, "Thus, even if prejudice and discrimination occur at all levels of dominant group structure, unequal treatment by some members has more impact than when it is practised by others. Ordinary people, for example, may discriminate against their Turkish, West-Indian or North-African neighbour in many overt and subtle ways; they will generally be unable seriously to affect the socio-economic position of these neighbours." [...]

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Record Number: 8393 / Last updated on: 2007-02-15
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