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Дискурс и символна власт: неравенството и формите на дискурсивна дискриминация
Discourse and Symbolic Power: Inequality and the Forms of Discursive Discrimination

Author(s): Stoika Penkova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: discursive discrimination; discursive exclusion; negative attitude to the „other“;

Summary/Abstract: The article aims to problematize inequality in its discursive dimension; it will be interpreted through the forms of discrimination effectuated through discourse and discursive practices. The analysis given in the article raises the question as to the so-called discursive discrimination (cf. Boréus 2006), rethinking and reformulating it. For this purpose the author aims to show how discursive discrimination is an inseparable part of other forms of discrimination, and how, as a form of social action, it cannot be separated in terms of its affects and effects from the non-discursive discrimination practices. The author then attempts to argue that the forms of discursive discrimination are a specific power relationship that privileges unilateral asymmetric relationships between the essentially positively identified „us-group“ of the discriminating and the essentially negatively identified „them- group“ of the discriminated. The author provides empirical data showing the typical ways in which the „voices“ of the objectified agents are excluded. The analysis finds such exclusion is a discriminaory act that deprives the negatively identified representatives of the excluded (usually some minority or marginalized group) from the possibility to „see-and-say“, and thereby makes of them „people without a future“, deprived of the opportunity to „fore-see“ and „fore-tell“ their own future as something „forth-coming, inscribed in the present“ (cf. Bourdieu 1993: 17).

  • Issue Year: 45/2013
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 220-241
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Bulgarian