Go Back to Where You Came From: The Impact of Discourse on Racism

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This paper is a review of literature on the impact of discourse on racism. The key areas of focus are politics, media, text and conversation. This work reviewed aspects of Fairclough, Shiffrin and Dijk and incorporates my personal experiences, since my arrival in England in 2001. In exploring the key areas, the issue of power was explored within the context of discourse. The Social identity theory and Critical theory have been used to establish the theoretical framework for this work. Based on the literature reviewed, it is clear that discourse has a direct influence on the construction and deconstruction of racism. It is also clear that racism will always be reproduced based on the nature on discourse.


Keywords: Race, Racism, Power, Discourse, Identity
Stream: Representations: Media, Communications, Arts, Literature
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , ‘Go back to where you came from’, , Theoretical Constructs of L2 Acquisition


Dr. Rohan Jowallah

Senior Lecturer, School of Education
Early Childhood Studies and Special Needs and Inclusion, University of Wolverhampton

Walsall, West Midlands, UK

I am presently a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton in England in the areas of Early Childhood Studies and Special Education and Inclusion. Presently, I am perusing my EdD programme at the University of Sheffield. My research interests are in Critical Literacy, Inclusion, Diversity, Policy and Practice. I have over fifteen years of teaching experience and I have taught in Jamaica, England and United States. This has given me invaluable knowledge of the various educational systems.

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