Misrecognition, media and... Discrimination?

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Civil society, the international community and a broad part of academia have identified ways in which the media makes a considerable contribution to discrimination via the production and reproduction of demeaning stereotypical depictions. Examples can be found in tabloid reports, images, widely available racist and sexist advertising and programming. This research suggests calling such a phenomenon ‘discrimination through expressive means’, DEM. The law has been hesitant to act on these issues. Very
often this is because, in the light of other fundamental rights, including the freedom and pluralism of the media, it has been deemed inappropriate to address these questions. The main objectives of the paper are to: a) justify that DEM is a problem; b) locate DEM within a broader framework of discrimination; c) describe the way in which DEM as a problem has been dealt with and by whom; and d) determine what the role of anti-discrimination law could be in the redress of DEM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • media
  • anti-discrimination law
  • discrimination through expressive means


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