How to perform non-racism? Colorblind speech norms and race-conscious policies among French security personnel

Abstract : How do individuals and organisations anticipate or deflect allegations of racism? This problem is especially sensitive in the context of crime control. There are two strategies to perform non-racism: colorblind and race-conscious. This article is about how French police officers and security guards perform 'not being racist', based on an analysis of the discourse and policies of 60 respondents in a shopping mall and a railway station. France promotes an ostensibly colorblind approach to being not racist, urging its citizens to avoid using racial categories. How do security people manage to perform non-racism when the majority of their clients are minority youth? The main finding is that while respondents display a strong command of colorblind speech norms (to perform non-racism), the security policy of the shopping mall is equally strongly race-conscious (also to perform non-racism).
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François Bonnet. How to perform non-racism? Colorblind speech norms and race-conscious policies among French security personnel. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2014, 40 (8), pp.1275-1294. ⟨https://www.routledge.com/⟩. ⟨10.1080/1369183X.2013.847358⟩. ⟨halshs-01060571⟩

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