LINGUIST List 32.1663

Wed May 12 2021

Books: Antiracist Discourse: van Dijk

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Date: 11-May-2021
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Subject: Antiracist Discourse: van Dijk
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Title: Antiracist Discourse
Subtitle: Theory and History of a Macromovement
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Teun A. van Dijk
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832397 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832397 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832397 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Antiracism is a global and historical social movement of resistance and solidarity, yet there have been relatively few books focusing on it as a subject in its own right. After his earlier books on racist discourse, Teun A. van Dijk provides a theory of antiracism along with a history of discourse against slavery, racism and antisemitism. He first develops a multidisciplinary theory of antiracism, highlighting especially the role of discourse and cognition as forms of resistance and solidarity. He then covers the history of antiracist discourse, including antislavery and abolition discourse between the 16th and 19th century, antiracist discourse by white and black authors until the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, and Jewish critical analysis of antisemitic ideas and discourse since the early 19th century. It is essential reading for anyone interested in how racism and antisemitism have been critically analysed and resisted in antislavery and antiracist discourse.

1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical framework; 3. First writings against slavery; 4. Abolitionist discourse of the Quakers; 5. Black resistance against slavery and discrimination; 6. The civil rights movement; 7. Jewish resistance against antisemitism; 8. Postwar antiracist discourse from UNESCO to Black Lives Matter; 9. Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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