1st Edition

Racial Discrimination Institutional Patterns and Politics

By Masoud Kamali Copyright 2009
    324 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is an institutionalized dilemma in Europe that counteracts social cohesion and stability. It is a result of the collision and incompatibility between declarations of universal values (such as human rights and democracy) and institutionalized actions which exclude and discriminate against Europeans of immigrant background and against ethnic minorities.

    This book analyzes the institutional patterns and politics of ‘racial’ discrimination in modern-day Europe. Based on a research project that has been carried out under the leadership of the author in eight European countries, Racial Discrimination seeks the answers to some of the key questions posed by the latest developments in European political and public spheres concerning immigration and the increase in xenophobic sentiments and parties.

    The book will appeal to all social and political scientists interested in the latest political developments in Europe and in the problems of democratic citizenship and the efforts to move toward an integrated European community.

    Introduction.  1. Modernization, Social Theory and the Duality of ‘Us-and-Them’  2. Institutional Otherisation, Migration and Racism in Europe  3. The Uprising of Xenophobic Populist Parties and the Reinforcement of Institutional Discrimination  4. Institutional Discrimination in the Labour Market and the Educational System  5. Beyond the European Dilemma and the Categorisation of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’.  Notes.  References.  Index.


    Masoud Kamali is Professor of Social Policy at Mid Sweden University and Associate Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University, Sweden. His works include The Segregating Integration (Stockholm: Frtizes, 2006); Beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ (Stockholm: Frtizes, 2006); Distorted Integration (Uppsala: Multiethnic Papers, 1997); and Multiple Modernities, Islam and Civil Society (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006).