What is it about?
Racism is often understood simply as the acts of individuals against other individuals. Racism is often seen as stressor, and the impacts measured according to the stress caused individuals and the extent to which they cope with the stress. Critical theoretical perspectives help to understand racism as a broad social phenomenon embedded in the structures of society.
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Why is it important?
Eliminating racism cannot be achieved by trying to change the behaviours of individuals. Rather, social structures - how society is organized to structure, for example employment, housing, education and so on, must be tackled.
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This page is a summary of: Beyond stress and coping: the relevance of critical theoretical perspectives to conceptualising racial discrimination in health research, Health Sociology Review, July 2019, Taylor & Francis,
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