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Radicalism, Anti-Racism and Representation

By Alastair Bonnett Copyright 1993
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

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    First published in 1993, Radicalism, Anti-Racism and Representation is a study set within a wider political context for the discussion of ‘racial’ representation and anti-racism. The second half of the book is devoted to interview-based exploration of the ambiguities and political characteristics of ‘race’ equality consciousness amongst public educators. It is shown that there is no one anti-racism. Different ideals and assumptions have been arrived at within different historical and geographical contexts. It is suggested that this intellectual plurality provides a resource for those wishing to rethink anti-racism in the light of its contemporary malaise. The study also explores and explains the development of self-critical, reflexive, anti-racist and radical consciousness amongst educators. The book provides the first sociological study of anti-racism. Indeed, it is the first to provide a substantive critique of anti-racism from outside the New Right. It is also the first to look at this phenomenon geographically and to compare anti-racism in ‘multiracial’ and ‘white’ areas. This book will be of interest to students of human geography, sociology, history, ethnic studies, and race studies.

    Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Representing ‘racial’ difference and identity 2. Anti-racist dilemmas 3. The public professions and the ‘new radicalism’ 4. Multiculturalism: a public educationalist ideology 5. Radicalism, ideology, and reflexivity: anti-racism in London 6. Anti-racism reformulated: Tyneside 7. The marginalisation of radicalism: Devon Conclusions Methodological appendix References Index


    Alastair Bonnett