chapter  2
The unity of racism: a critique of conceptual inflation
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Against the background of the historical review of representations of the Other in Chapter 1, we move to consider the problem of defining racism. Some analysts will describe all those representations of the Other as racism, while others will want to distinguish different categories of discourse, labelling only some as instances of racism. Thus, if there was general agreement between these groups of writers that the content of Chapter 1 constituted an accurate, if not complete, history of discourses of the Other, their disagreement would result largely from their different concepts of racism. The previous chapter therefore provides an initial historical contextualisation for the conceptual problem to be considered in the next three chapters.