"This is a white country": The racial ideology of the western nations of the world-system


Journal Article

In this paper I argue that the racial ideology of the Western nations of the world-system has converged over the past twenty years. This new ideology or, as many analysts call it, the "new racism," includes: (1) the notion of cultural rather than biological difference, (2) the abstract and decontextualized use of the discourse of liberalism and individualism to rationalize racial inequality, and (3) a celebration of nationalism that at times acquires an ethnonational character. I contend that this ideological convergence reflects the histories of racial imperialism of all these countries, the fact that they have all developed real - although different - racial structures that award systemic rewards to their "White" citizens, and the significant presence of the "Other" (Black, Arab, Turk, aboriginal people, etc.) in their midst. I use the cases of Germany, France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand to illustrate my point.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bonilla-Silva, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 188 - 214

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-0245

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2000.tb00905.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus