Dialogism and power in racist and antiracist discourse

Olga Serradell, Ariadna Munté

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The discourse generated between subjects in real communicative situations includes dialogic interaction and power-related interaction, although it may be generated within a dialogic relationship. When a businessperson interviews a Roma, Muslim or cultural minority woman for a job, even though he or she may have very good intentions, the relationship is not purely dialogic. This is because there is power-related interaction involved, which is the result of the social structure as well as racist beliefs. These are reproduced through people's own language and cultural experiences. In relation to the global social problem of racism, our contribution analyses the impact communicative acts have on both reproducing and overcoming it. This leads to studying the powerrelated interactions that form the basis of racist communicative acts such as those currently taking place in Europe. The existence of other types of interaction will also be identified, such as dialogic interaction, which is consensus-oriented, and forms the basis of dialogic communicative acts and, thereby also anti-racist language and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-362
JournalRevista Signos
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Anti-racist communication
  • Politic and social discourse
  • Racism
  • Scientific


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