Issues of identity, culture and difference remain central to the politics, policies and encounters of global societies in the 21st century. Changes in the speed, scale, scope and form of international and internal migration, new and resurgent religious and ethnic solidarities, the emergence of ‘new’ multicultural societies, and the fusions and fissures of ‘old’ multicultural societies, have challenged and redrawn our understandings of nation and community, citizenship and belonging, exclusion and equality.
This landmark collection, which marks the relaunch of the ground-breaking journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, brings together some of the leading international scholars in the field of race, ethnicity, migration and transnationalism to reflect on the changing landscape of research, theorisation and politics in this challenging contemporary context. The collection includes a powerful and typically provocative article by renowned race scholar Paul Gilroy, along with short ‘state of the field’ articles, critical interventions and think-pieces, each of which explores different geographical regions, emerging areas of research and new ways of ‘thinking’ identity in ‘uncertain times’.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.
Table of Contents
Introduction Claire Alexander, Raminder Kaur and Brett St Louis 1. ‘My Britain is fuck all’ zombie multiculturalism and the race politics of citizenship Paul Gilroy 2. Seeing through multicultural perspectives Nikos Papastergiadis 3. To stop tip-toeing around race: what Arizona’s battle against ethnic studies can teach academics Arlene Davila 4. The debate about multicultural Norway before and after 22 July 2011 Mette Andersson 5. From structured invisibility to visibility: is Japan really going to accept multiethnic, multicultural identities? Beverley Anne Yamamoto 6. Occupier/occupied Kamala Visweswaran 7. The transnational potentiality of transverse politics Raminder Kaur 8. Intersecting identities and global climate change Joane Nagel 9. Elite identities Shamus Rahman Khan 10. The ‘trouble’ with the ‘white working class’: whiteness, class and ‘groupism’ James Rhodes 11. What’s wrong with migration scholarship? A critique and a way forward Peggy Levitt 12. The ruptures and raptures of mobility Vered Amit 13. Nigerian London and British Hong Kong: rethinking migration, ethnicity and urban space through journeys Caroline Knowles 14. Situating Identities: towards an identities studies without binaries of difference Nina Glick Schiller 15. For Aïsha: on identity as potentiality Mats Trondman, Rehan Taha and Anna Lund 16. The structure of afterthought John Lie
Claire Alexander is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK, and Editor of Identities: Global Studies of Culture and Power.
Raminder Kaur is Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at University of Sussex, UK, and Associate Editor of Identities: Global Studies of Culture and Power.
Brett St Louis is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and Associate Editor of Identities: Global Studies of Culture and Power.