In our interconnected world of increasing racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, racism is an enduring phenomenon with a range of pernicious consequences for individuals, communities, and societies. Despite considerable scholarly attention to race and racism, there has been relatively little focus on anti-racism, defined as the theory and practice of addressing racism, counteracting its detrimental effects, or envisaging its possible alternatives.
This edited collection explores the re-configuration of anti-racism in order to better combat racism in modern neo-liberal societies. Should anti-racism focus on tolerance, harmony, inclusion, equality, participation, recognition acknowledgement, indifference, and/or justice? What is the role of everyday race labour, the potentials and pitfalls of post-raciality, and the potential of alter-racism via humour, viscerality, embodiment, and affective atmospheres? The eight chapters forming this collection bring together scholars from cultural studies, geography, philosophy, political science, race relations, and sociology to debate key epistemologies, practices, and contradictions pertaining to anti-racism as a global endeavour. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
1. Whither anti-racism? Yin Paradies
2. The importance of racial tolerance for anti-racism Peter Balint
3. Racism in public or public racism: doing anti-racism in ‘post-racial’ times Alana Lentin
4. The collective singularity of anti-racist actors: a case study of the Roma minority in the Czech Republic Petr Hušek and Kateřina Tvrdá
5. Geopower in public spaces of Darwin, Australia: exploring forces that unsettle phenotypical racism Michele Lobo
6. Black-faced, red faces: the potentials of humour for anti-racist action Scott Sharpe and Maria Hynes
7. Anti-racism ‘from below’: exploring repertoires of everyday anti-racism Kristine Aquino
8. Recalling anti-racism Ghassan Hage
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.