Author: Jeremy Punt

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/102308009X12561890523672 Religion & Th eology 16 (2009) 246–272 & Religion Theology Post-Apartheid Racism in South Africa Th e Bible, Social Identity and Stereotyping 1 Jeremy Punt Faculty of Th eology, Private Bag X1314, University

In: Religion and Theology
Theories, Institutions, and Experiences
Volume Editor: Rodney D. Coates
Contributor: Janet Morrison
Covert racism, subtle in application, often appears hidden by norms of association, affiliation, group membership and/or identity. As such, covert racism is often excused or confused with mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, ritual and ceremony, acceptance and rejection. Covert racism operates as a boundary keeping mechanism whose primary purpose is to maintain social distance between racial majorities and racial minorities. Such boundary mechanisms work best when they are assumed natural, legitimate, and normal. These boundary mechanisms are typically taught subconsciously or even unconsciously within social institutions and groups. This volume deals with the theories, institutions and experiences associated with covert racism.