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Racial Nationalisms Borders, Refugees and the Cultural Politics of Belonging

Edited By Sivamohan Valluvan, Virinder S. Kalra Copyright 2021
    148 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book addresses the centrality of race and racism in consolidating the nationalisms currently prominent in Brexit Britain. Particular attention is given to the issues of refugees, borders and bordering, and the wider forms of nativist and anti- Muslim sentiments that anchor today’s increasingly populist forms of nationalist politics. It is argued that the forms of scapegoating and alarmism integral to the revival of nationalism in British politics are fundamentally tied to racialised processes. Equally however, it is argued that such a political climate is not simply discursive, but also yields acute forms of governance, wherein an increasingly violent attention is given by the state to the border. The chapters in the book do however also attempt to think through the possibilities of a constructive response to this moment. Emphasis is given here to the everyday cultural textures that might help shape a popular opposition to racial nationalism. Similarly, the book attempts to unpack the appeal of today’s distinctive populism in ways that might be more responsive to anti-racist and anti-nationalist sentiments.

    Racial Nationalisms will be of interest to academics and researchers studying postcolonialism, nationalism, ethnic and racial studies, and to advanced students of sociology, political science and public policy.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies.


    Sivamohan Valluvan and Virinder S. Kalra

    1. Deportation, racism and multi-status Britain: immigration control and the production of race in the present

    Luke de Noronha

    2. More in common: the domestication of misogynist white supremacy and the assassination of Jo Cox

    Hannah Jones

    3. Conflating the Muslim refugee and the terror suspect: responses to the Syrian refugee "crisis" in Brexit Britain

    Madeline-Sophie Abbas

    4. Care and cruelty in Chios: the "refugee crisis" and the limits of Europe

    Malcolm James

    5. Racism and Brexit: notes towards an antiracist populism

    Ben Pitcher

    6. "I feel English as fuck": translocality and the performance of alternative identities through rap

    Richard Bramwell and James Butterworth


    Sivamohan Valluvan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. His book Clamour of Nationalism was published in 2019.

    Virinder S. Kalra is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of multiple monographs, including Beyond Religion in India and Pakistan (co-authored with Tej Purewal, 2019) and Sacred and Secular Musics (2016).