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DAHIA, Sandra Leal de Melo. Racism as verbalism? Designs for understanding the acquisition of racismo among congenitally blind. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2013, vol.25, n.1, pp.103-112. ISSN 1807-0310.

This article discusses the issue of the acquisition of racism and racial prejudice in children with congenital blindness.This study was partially based on the perspective of the viewpoint of the anthropologist Lawrence A. Hirschfeld, who has researched cultural dimension of the mental life through emphasis on the role of language on the development of racial concepts, at the expense of visual indicators. The core of the study stands on considering alternative possibilities for shaping racial concepts and experiencing racism which, which at times suggest a pattern unique to the blind and, at others, one similar to the sighted, and yet occasionally evoke the mere artificiality of the experience of racism.Under this premise, the article finds it pertinent to introduce a discussion about power relations between the blind and the sighted in a visual society, whereby the social context associated with blindness significantly influences. Verbalism becomes thus a process which appears to accentuate the subordinate status of the blind.

Keywords : shaping racial concepts; racism; congenital blindness; power relations; verbalism.

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