By Frank Reeves
This e-book, first released in 1983, examines why humans like to speak about immigrants or ethnic minorities once they are concerning variations marked now not via the migratory means of ethnicity, yet via dermis color. How, with no declaring racial standards, have politicians controlled to introduce immigration controls intentionally geared toward decreasing the variety of black migrants? This publication identifies a significant function of British political existence: the power to justify racially discriminatory behaviour with out recourse to particular racist language. It offers an account of British racial ideology because it is essentially skilled within the type of political discourse and is helping to supply a theoretical figuring out of its courting to the social constitution as a complete and particularly its dating to inter- and intra-class divisions. the writer argues that conventional class-based ideologies are completely in a position to aiding racially oppressive associations and feature much better 'protective' houses than expressions of overt racism. accordingly, the target buildings of British race kinfolk are obscured by way of a facade of 'deracialised ideology'.
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Above all, the internal consistency or inconsistency of discrete passages or series of passages has to be emphasised. The relevance of certain The meaning of 'ideology ' 43 expressions in the ideological discourse for the political purpose in hand must be j udged against the social observer's knowledge of the social context. The precise hermeneutic involved - that is, the principles by which the meaning of the discourse is to be laid bare - is seldom clearly defined, but seems to be related to the observer's concept of the actor's intent, further explication of the actual meaning, or connotation of the passage, the techniques of expression, and the effects of the meaning on the audience.
Or in the race field, beliefs about black people's inferior intellectual capacity may help to sanction the way in which they are treated. The effects which an ideology has on policy and ultimately on a social structure, should not be confused with the effect of the social structure on ideology, although it is clear that each has a reactive relationship with the other. The function of ideology as justification may be discussed at a less general level. Ideology is part of language and its function must be seen as having effect through the communication process.
The category does not include everyday practical activity or skills, such as farming or engineering, and is usually confined to discourse ' correspond ing ' or ' referring ' to the material or spiritual world, to the exclusion of discourse dealing with the consistency of a symbolic system, such as logic or mathematics (see Plamenatz, 197 1 ). The sentences of ideology are selected from the general flow of discourse by the social observer on the basis of certain necessary criteria, the definitional sufficiency or theoretical ade quacy of which is much disputed in academic circles.
British Racial Discourse: A Study of British Political Discourse About Race and Race-related Matters by Frank Reeves