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Race/Racism

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Author(s): Hergesell, Burkhard
Race and Racism 1. Franco-Algerian sociologist Albert Memmi defines racism as the “generalized and absolutized evaluation of actual or fictitious differences, to the advantage of the complainant and the disadvantage of his or her victim, with the intent of justifying the privilege or aggression of the former.”1 This in an oft-cited definition, that describes today's widened concept of racism, how it is formulated by intellectuals from the once colonial lands, and how it has been introduced into the debate over (post-) → colonialism. According to Memmi, not only certain biologi…