The chapters in this volume examine the racial and ethnic landscape of Britain in a contemporary era of neoliberalism and financial crisis. A key aspect of neoliberal thought is the belief that we live in a ‘post-racial’ society in which the problems of racism and xenophobia have been overcome. However, cultural retrenchment and coded xenophobia have been sweeping the political terrain, accompanied by ‘new racisms’ and ‘new racial subjects’ that only close contextual analysis can unpick. The scholarship contained in this collection challenges those who suggest that we live in a post-racial era. By focusing on particular locations in Britain at a particular moment, the volume explores local stories of ‘race’ and racism across changing sociopolitical ground. This book is essential reading for scholars and students of race, racism, diaspora, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, transnationalism and post-race.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Introduction: New racisms, new racial subjects? The neo-liberal moment and the racial landscape of contemporary Britain Victoria Redclift Section 1: Policies of otherness, multiculture and difference 1. Giving the silent majority a stronger voice? Initiatives to empower Muslim women as part of the UK’s ‘War on Terror’ Naaz Rashid 2. ‘The best borough in the country for cohesion!’: managing place and multiculture in local government Hannah Jones Section 2: Sub-cultural spaces of ‘community’ 3. Transgressing community: the case of Muslims in a twenty-first century British city Ajmal Hussain 4. ‘No caps, no coconuts, no all-male groups’…the regulation of unruly Asians in London clubs Helen Kim Section 3: Nostalgia, belonging and territory 5. Whiteness and loss in outer East London: tracing the collective memories of diaspora space Malcolm James 6. ‘It’s not how it was’: the Chilean diasporas changing landscape of belonging Carolina Ramírez Section 4: Post-racial subject and post-racial thought 7. ‘Structure liberates?’: mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of ‘urban children’ in a London academy Christy Kulz 8. Post-racial futures: imagining postracialist antiracism(s) Joshua Paul
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.