By Avtar Brah, Mary J. Hickman, Mairtin Mac an Ghaill
This publication brings jointly learn a couple of varied variety of teams who're hardly ever analysed jointly: Welsh, Irish, Jewish, Arab, White, African and Indian. the purpose of the publication is to critique orthodox factors within the box, drawing upon the easiest of 'old' and 'new' thought. Key modern questions contain: concerns in regards to the black-white version of racism; the underplaying of anti-semitism; the necessity to study ethnic majorities, in addition to whiteness and the reconfiguration of the United Kingdom.
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Extra resources for Thinking Identities: Ethnicity, Racism and Culture
Another significant factor in the changing politics of 'race' in the UK has been the harmonisation of national policies within the European Union (especially with regard to legislation on immigration and political asylum), and the construction of what has been termed 'Fortress Europe'. Legally, the important distinction has ceased to be that between an NCWP person and others, but between 'legal citizens' and 'illegal immigrants' (although this policy has had wider repercussions on all 'visible minority' people in Britain).
Bhabha, H. (1990) Nation and Narration (London: Routledge). Barker, M. (1981) The New Racism: Conservatives and the Ideology of the Tribe (London: Junction Books). Bonnett. A. (1996) '''White Studies": the Problems and Projects of a New Research Agenda', Theory, Culture and Society, 13, pp. 145-55. Brah, A. (1992) 'Difference, Diversity and Differentiation', in J. Donald and A. Rattansi (eds), 'Race', Culture and Difference (London: Sage). Brah, A. (1996) Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (London: Routledge ).
We here adopt Rattansi's term as a means of outlining (in fairly schematic form) some of the factors which have contributed to a convergence in paradigms of racism and anti-racism in Britain and France. Firstly, the modernity/postmodernity paradigm now constitutes a major framework for the theorising of today's racisms. If the age of modernity produced two major forms of racism - the first arising from the modern project of assimilation and uniformity through a state-led social engineering, the second arising from the theory of the biological hierarchy of races (ingesting or expelling the other) - then the postmodern age can be characterised by the clash of particularisms.
Thinking Identities: Ethnicity, Racism and Culture by Avtar Brah, Mary J. Hickman, Mairtin Mac an Ghaill