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date: 24 May 2018

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Social psychologists, in dialogue with scholars from kindred fields, should strive to develop critical analyses of social, cultural, and political processes that justify and perpetuate racism and indignity. This chapter proposes an extension of current theorizing in the social psychology of racism toward the study of how racism is propagated and sustained through words, symbols, and material and historical practices. Racism is conceived as a cultural, historical, and societal creation, sustained through societal mechanisms of assigning, transforming, or altering the worth and dignity of specific groups. The case of anti-Romani racism in Europe reveals the potential of this approach to racism for social psychology to offer a more critical perspective on societies and to work for social justice.

Keywords: dignity, prejudice, Europe, racism, Romani people, social psychology, worth

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