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Racialization is a concept in sociology describing the processes of the discursive production of racial identities. Racialization thus signifies the extension of dehumanizing and racial meanings to a previously racially unclassified relationship, social practice, or group.[1] Put simply, when racialization occurs, a group of people is seen as a "race", when it was not seen as a race beforehand.

Racialization of Religion

An ongoing scholarly debate covers the racialization of religious communities. Adherents to Judaism and Islam are believed to possess characteristics despite many individual adherents to those religions not visibly sharing in those characteristics. This racialization extends to the descendants of the adherents, even though those descendants may often convert away from active observance of the religion of their forebears but also retain the lingering cultural aspects of the religion for familial and community purposes.

The most immediate effect of the racialization of religion is said to be the internalization of such racialization by the descendants of adherents, whereby the descendants of adherents accept and internalize their religiously-influenced familial culture as an ethnoracial distinction and identity. One of the applications of this racialization is nationalism, whereby the created "race" seeks to assert cultural and national aspirations which are compatible and accommodating to other groups which do not necessarily share in the experience of racialization. Another one of the applications of this racialization is racism and discrimination, whereby those who are racialized are barred from participation in any public or private function of society due to the negative "attributes" of the race assigned to them.

Racialization of Labor

The racialization of labor is said to involve the segregation and appointment of workers based on perceived ethnic differences.[2] This racialization of labor is said to produces a hierarchical arrangement which limits employee agency and mobility based on their race. The process of racialization is reinforced through presupposed, stereotypical qualities which are imposed upon the racialized person by the racializer.[3] Racialization is then normalized by the promotion of ‘colourblindness’ through the use of “soft” language which avoids highlighting ethnic differences.[3]


See also

  • Racialized society
  • Social interpretations of race
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